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Drange joins M State as director of Center for College Readiness

Paul Drange has joined Minnesota State Community and Technical College as director of the Center for College Readiness, where he will work with state educators to prepare students in grades 8-12 for college-level academics.

Drange has served as an enrollment director on the M State -- Wadena campus and at Capella University. Most recently, he was the supervisor of the online support center for Distance MN, a consortium of colleges, including M State, which offer distance education. His background also includes experience with the career placement firm Aerotek.

The Center for College Readiness is funded by the Minnesota System of Colleges and Universities and provides college preparatory services, programs and curriculum resources for secondary students, teachers and administrators. Twenty-two high schools, eight MnSCU institutions and the University of Minnesota are currently involved.

The center's programs include Ready or Not Writing, Step Write Up, Ready or Not Reading, Math & Science Works and summer camps. There is special emphasis on serving low-income students, students of color and first-generation college students.

Drange, who will be based in M State's Perham office, earned his master's degree in education/higher education leadership from Capella University.

As a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System, M State serves more than 6,500 students in credit courses each term through more than 120 career and liberal arts programs at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, and online. By partnering with communities, the college also provides custom training services and other responsive training programs.