Posted: August 25, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

MnSCU State Fair booth features automotive-related programs

Among all the fair rides and fried food on a stick, fairgoers have a chance to learn about automotive technology programs at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The system's booth in the Education building will feature a "two-headed" training car from Riverland Community College in Albert Lea, a fuel-injector training device from Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park and information about a variety of automotive-related degrees, including Minnesota State University, Mankato's bachelor's degree in automotive engineering technology.

Minnesota Online, a clearinghouse of online courses, programs and services offered by the state colleges and universities, will demonstrate how online education works. Students can take online courses and complete degrees, certificates and diplomas online. Fairgoers will be able to sign up for online courses in the booth, and Minnesota Online faculty will be available to provide help and answer questions.

The exhibit also includes literature from the 32 state colleges and universities and a giant interactive map of Minnesota showing all 53 campus locations with light-up features. A model railroad representing the state colleges and universities will be on display. The train is sponsored by UPS Earn and Learn program. Fairgoers also will have a chance to win prizes once an hour by spinning the "Wheel of Luck."

State college and university presidents and members of the Board of Trustees will be on hand at various times to meet fairgoers and discuss educational opportunities.