Senator Chuck Wiger: Congratulations Graduates!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

Congratulations to everyone graduating from high school, college and universities! And congrats to those young scholars moving on to middle school – and for those moving from middle school onto high school.

This is an exciting milestone in your life that required many hours of hard work and dedication and I salute you for those efforts. It is time to celebrate your wonderful achievement, reflect on what got you here and look forward to what your future holds.

For many of you, the next step will be job hunting. Finding a job will take time and effort, but by utilizing the right tools, finding a career can be made easier. I encourage all of you young job seekers to utilize your own network – connections with people are powerful lifelong tools.

There are also many programs throughout the state that offer useful services for those looking for a new job. Among them are the ISEEK program (iseek.org) and Minnesota Works (minnesotaworks.net).

Those who would like to speak to someone face to face about job opportunities can visit their county Minnesota Workforce Center. There they can find career assessments, training and placement services. The Ramsey County–North Saint Paul Workforce Center is located at 2098 11th Ave. E. N St. Paul (651-779-5666) and the Washington County–Woodbury Workforce Center is located at 2150 Radio Drive in Woodbury (651-275-8650).

You hold the key to a bright future with the use of your talents, capabilities and energy. As you transition into the next phase of life, I offer you these words of advice from the great Dr. Seuss:

“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You’re on your own, and you know what you know.

And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

Here are some of the area school that are holding graduation ceremonies this spring:

Tartan High School: Wednesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

North High School: Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

White Bear Lake High School: Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

Mahtomedi Public High School: Saturday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

Hill Murray High School: Thursday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Mounds Park Academy: Saturday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at the High School.

Roseville High School: Friday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

Century College: Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

This is a time for celebration. Even our youngest learners, like my grandson, Zachary, can feel proud that they have graduated from preschool and are now ready for kindergarten.

Again, my congratulations for a job well done! I also want to thank the parents, friends, relatives, loved ones and teachers that have been there for the graduates as they worked towards graduation day. We all need support and encouragement as we work toward our goals – keep up the good work and best of luck in your future endeavors!

Learning is truly lifelong. Our public community education programs and classes are there for your skill development and enrichment.

As always, please contact me with questions or suggestions regarding any issue. I encourage you to visit me at the Capitol, or let me know if you would like me to stop by your home or apartment. I can be reached by email at sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn, and by phone at 651-296-6820. My cell is 651-770-0283.

 

This column was first published by Lillie News and the Oakdale Patch

Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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