CROOKSTON, Minn. • Grace Guyette, UMN Crookston natural resource management senior from Osakis, Minn., said she has the best of both worlds.

Guyette, 27, a transfer student who is older than average, said by combining her nursing degree with the knowledge she is gaining in natural resource management at UMN Crookston that the real, hands-on experience means she will be ready to go when she graduates in December.

Guyette attended Alexandria Technical College where she earned her nursing degree, then worked for a bit and enrolled at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, where she earned her natural resource technology two-year degree.

“It was the articulation agreement between Central Lakes and UMN Crookston; of course, my advisor Phil Baird had a lot to do with it too,” she said.

Guyette toured St. Cloud State University, the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University and enrolled in the University of Minnesota Morris and then Central Lakes College.

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“It didn’t feel like a fit until I came to UMN Crookston,” Guyette said. It just clicked.

Guyette, who will graduate in December, said her credits, due to an academic agreement between Central Lakes College and UMN Crookston, has allowed her to earn her four-year degree in natural resources in just three semesters.

“My dream job is to work in soil and water conservation, public outreach and engage in soil and water quality testing,” she said, explaining that real, hands-on ready is what hooked her.

She said her professional connections with the workforce have been outstanding.

Undergraduate research is just one other reason why Guyette chose Crookston, “whether it is through my internship or this research program, I hope to collect blood samples on animals looking for bloodborne pathogens, collecting data and keeping records,” she said.

"It will be the best of both worlds using my most recent natural resource knowledge."

"Michelle Christopherson is director of Outreach and Engagement at the University of Minnesota Crookston.