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Gov. Dayton talks tuition with Winona students

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WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW)-- How well are Minnesota Colleges and Universities preparing students for successful careers? Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton met with students from Saint Mary's and Winona State University Wednesday on the Winona State campus to talk about what the state is doing to help.

Questions fielded by the Governor covered the cost of education and preparing for the work force. Students asked what the state is doing in terms of incentives for private sector companies to offer paid internships. Governor Dayton said beginning next year some tax credits are available for businesses who offer paid internships.

The tuition issue was another big issue on a lot of students minds. The Minnesota State Colleges and University System currently has a two-year tuition freeze in place, and many students asked the governor if it would continue.

"My hope is the Minnesota economy will continue to improve and allow us to go further in that area," Governor Dayton said. "And there were some very good suggestions made about internships, paid internships and also college work study programs that makes up for what the federal government has dropped. So there are ways in which we need to make young people better able to get the education they need with out incurring horrendous debt."

The Governor acknowledged the state needs to do more to help students find paid work. He said that could be in the form of work study that is career oriented or paid internships.

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