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Three HTC students named to All-Minnesota Academic Team

Brooklyn Park, April 24, 2020 – Congratulations to Hennepin Technical College (HTC) students, Maimouna Cissoko, Talish Kumar, and Gideon Webber-Peterson, who have been named to the All-Minnesota Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the honors society for two-year colleges.

A select group of students from across the state are chosen each year for the All-Minnesota Academic Team in recognition of those who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service. Membership requirements in Phi Theta Kappa include a 3.5 minimum GPA.

Maimouna Cissoka photo

Maimouna Cissoko helps to promote diversity and inclusion on campus as a member of BREA, Blacks Rising in Education and Academics. She works as an accounts payable intern at a major employer in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. She says the internship is a valuable opportunity for her to improve her accounting skill set. Her career goal is to work as a senior accountant.

Talish Kumar began attending HTC as a junior in high school through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program. He says he chose to continue at HTC because of the exceptional faculty and the sense of belonging he experienced on campus. Kumar plans to work in a management position in information technology after he completes his education.

Talish Kumar photo
Gideo Webber-Peterson photo

As a Student Team Leader at HTC, Gideon Webber-Peterson often leads substantive discussions with other students during educational events to enhance the learning environment on campus. He’s also the president of HTC’s Audio Club which aligns with his career goal of achieving success in audio or video production, his field of study.

About Hennepin Technical College

Founded in 1972, Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is the largest stand-alone technical college in Minnesota. With campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, the college has a diverse student population of more than 18,000 and offers degree and non-degree coursework in over 45 programs. Achieving a 99% job placement rate, HTC prepares students for in-demand and high-paying employment opportunities. HTC is a member of Minnesota State, which includes 30 colleges and seven state universities. For more information, visit

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