Feb 12, 2013 at 6:25 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) When President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech tonight, St. Cloud State President Earl Potter will be in Washington D.C. to witness it live.
Potter was invited by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. She's authoring a bill that would make it easier for international students who attend American universities to get work visas in the U.S.
It's a bill of particular interest to SCSU and Potter. St. Cloud State has about 1,300 international students.
President Potter understands that in order to boost our economy we need to make sure that the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs get their start in America," said Klobuchar. "Throughout his tenure at St. Cloud State University, Dr. Potter has been committed to equipping our students with the skills they need to compete in a high-tech economy, and I am proud to have him join me at the State of the Union to highlight the importance of commonsense immigration policies that help these students stay and work in the U.S."
"St. Cloud State draws on talent from all over the world to compete in our rigorous and innovative science and engineering programs," Potter said. "When our students graduate I want them to put their skills to use right here in Minnesota and across the nation, and policies like those championed by Senator Klobuchar are critical to making that happen."