May 2, 2011

Graduate earns state honor

Jennifer Perez, a 2007 graduate of Central Lakes College in Brainerd, has been named a 2011 Minnesota Trio Achiever. Jennifer, the first CLC graduate to attain the honor, received the award at the annual Trio conference in Chaska. Trio is a national student support program that helps low-income and first-generation Americans complete college. Sue Austin, assistant director of Trio Student Support Services at CLC, nominated Jennifer as an extraordinary participant who has obtained a college degree and is working within a field of choice. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the College of St. Scholastica in 2009. She is a case manager for Lutheran Social Services, working with families to prevent homelessness. She said that Trio advisers kept her focused on a positive life direction to complete her goal of college degrees.
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