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M State - Wadena student named to SkillsUSA state office

Marie Hauge, a student in the Electrical Line Worker program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena, has been named parliamentarian for the Minnesota chapter of SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that serves teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The organization enhances technical training by teaching leadership skills, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

Hauge is the president of the organization's Wadena chapter, which she led in October at the Minnesota SkillsUSA fall leadership training conference. Under Hauge's leadership, the chapter was named the third place winner in the competition for Outstanding Chapter and also won third place in opening and closing ceremonies. Hauge personally took first place in extemporaneous speaking.

At the SkillsUSA delegate assembly conference in November, Hauge competed successfully for a position as a Minnesota SkillsUSA state officer. Her campaign manager was Tammy Haag, a cosmetology student on the campus of M State - Wadena and the treasurer of the local Skills chapter. Rory Wgeishofski is the advisor for the Wadena chapter.

Hauge and her fellow state SkillsUSA officers received their positions during the organization's officer training session in early January. As parliamentarian, Hauge is responsible for ensuring the organization's meetings are conducted according to proper parliamentary procedures.

Hauge is a graduate of Perham High School, and Haag is a graduate of Brainerd High School.

The Minnesota chapter of SkillsUSA has more than 3,000 members, with chapters in 29 technical colleges and 50 high schools and cooperative centers.

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.