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Endless Possibilities – Endowed Scholarships

Endless Possibilities – Endowed Scholarships

Kelly Hagner has always desired to care for others and make a difference in the world. This is what drove her to pursue a nursing degree at Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC).

"When I first came to the College in 2005, there was a waitlist for nursing," she said. "I knew MPTC was going to be a vital steppingstone for me, and I wanted to take advantage of my time at the College. So, I enrolled in the Supervisory Management program, and then the Nursing program when a spot opened."

Hagner successfully graduated from the Supervisory Management and Nursing associate degree programs in 2009.

"After my graduation, the economy was not great, and I had difficulty finding a job as a registered nurse (RN) in a medical clinic setting," she said. "I took a job as an RN in one of Agnesian HealthCare's nursing homes, which was another choice that proved to be a valuable career step." A few years later, Hagner accepted a position as an RN at the Agnesian Cancer Center.

"I love my work at the Cancer Center," Hagner said. "Both the patients and people I work with are uplifting and bring me so much joy. They make me want to be better and do better."

Hagner became settled in her career but had aspirations for higher education. She decided to make a goal to earn a master's degree in nursing (MSN) and become a nurse practitioner (NP) before the age of 40.

"I knew I wanted to continue my education, but it was also scary in so many ways," she said. "I have a family with young children and didn't think I would have the time.

Hagner is living out her career dreams as an NP with the Medical Oncology team at the Agnesian Cancer Center.

"I am so grateful to Moraine Park," she said. "They offered me the opportunity to stay local, have a family, and live life to the fullest – all while getting an education. The College opened my eyes to both the educational and career opportunities right here in my community, and I'm honored to have Moraine Park as part of my journey."

There are many students like Kelly on our campuses. Countless Moraine Park students are going to school while raising families and working just so that they can make ends meet. They know that furthering their education will lead them to a higher-paying job and a better life. These students need scholarship support so that they can complete their education and become valued members of our communities' workforce without incurring insurmountable student debt.

You can help to improve students' lives by setting up an endowed scholarship now or through your estate plan. If you would like more information, please contact us.