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Isaac Jahraus

Isaac Jahraus

Campus

Normandale Community College

Which elected office are you running for?

 President

CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY

Hello students, staff, advisors and alumni I am Isaac James Jahraus. I come from the city of Houston in the great state of Texas. I was adopted into a loving family that has supported all of my decisions. I have lived in Fargo, Scottsdale, and Golden Valley, Minnesota is where I call my home. I have experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly in all types of communities. The good being inclusiveness for all. The bad and ugly being racism, narrowed mindedness and violence. The adversity I was faced with has made me into the man that I am today. I was able to overcome and achieve my personal and professional goals. Currently I am at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota which is part of the Metro South Region. I will be finishing up my Associate of Arts this summer with plans to attend Metropolitan State University.

LEADERSHIP QUESTIONS

1. What degree or certificate program are you seeking?

I am seeking a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis on Political Science, Psychology and Spanish. I have seen my close friends graduate from college with Bachelor's degrees, acquire internships, and land successful jobs. Through conversations I have had with job recruiters, project managers, and senior account executives I feel comfortable that the education path I am on is leading me to a successful career in my future workforce.

2. What are your future career plans?

It's important to have a diverse work profile and do not limit oneself. With that being said I want to work for a top ten company in Minnesota like C.H. Robinson, 3M or Cargill, for example. My ability to be Treasurer of a non-profit organization like MSCSA has given me a well-rounded work experience. Through this experience I am able to build business/personal relationships, know the financial standing of a company through knowledgeable facts, gain insight on what happens on the frontline of a company, and also understand upper management office structure.

3. Please describe your previous student government or professional experience, and how it has prepared you for this position.

It all started in Business Ethics class. A fellow student tapped me on the shoulder and said, You should join senate we need more members like you. I refused at first, but she was persistent. I attended a senate meeting, and I noticed staff and faculty talking about raising certain tuition fees with no students present in the room. I then realized I could be in the room representing students and I knew my voice needed to be heard. I joined student senate, and I became a senator. Later, I was elected into the executive board as Treasurer. I joined the faculty fiscal committee where I met one of my mentors, Dr. Lisa Wheeler VP of Operation and Finance of Normandale. She then urged me to go bigger, so I did. I became the Metro South Governing Counsel Alt. Then with Dr. Wheeler in mind I ran and got elected to cabinet as MSCSA Treasurer.

4. Why are you running for this position?

The position that I developed for myself in school and in my MSCSA career is attributed to not letting people walk all over me. I pushed the envelope, took a chance, and above all I listened to my mother. I know she would be so proud of everything that I have accomplished and am accomplishing thus far. My goal is simple. I want to inspire passion in other, because if passion is not present in an individual’s life I will make a point to show them how to build the flame until everyone sees the light burning bright. I want to be able to show people how to motivate, influence others, and build critical key relationships throughout one’s personal and professional lives. When this happens, the final product will be students and others leading Minnesota in the right direction, an educated direction.

5. What challenges do you see facing Minnesota’s community and technical college students?

The challenges I see facing for Minnesota community and technical college students are complicated issues. Students are faced with several challenges, but one of the main challenges being government officials want to add to education and some want to take away from education. If we, the students, stand on a united front advocating for the reprioritization of education, our voices will be heard. This is done through grass roots organization, having conversations with people with varied opinions, and telling stories from different perspectives. It is important to note that the problem students face might not be the same for other students across the state. We have to establish a building block that everyone can start on and build from there through allowing students opportunities to establish and find their voices and truly owning their opinion and words. Another major issue is the price of obtaining an education. Minnesota has the third highest tuition fees in the nation and we need to find ways to make college more affordable. An educated Minnesota will lead Minnesota to do bigger and better things.

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