Local business owners and Metro North Chamber of Commerce members joined forces to connect with Gen Y youth at Anoka Technical College on October 13. Dave Erickson, Business Program Chair; Steve Hirsch, Accounting Program Chair; John Daley, IT Program Chair; Meghan Hejna, Communications and Community Relations Specialist; and Kelly Rietow, adjunct instructor, from Minnesota School of Business in Blaine, participated in the event.
Joe Keeley, President and CEO of College Nannies and Tutors was the keynote speaker. He started his business while he earned a degree in Entrepreneurship from St. Thomas. College Nannies and Tutors now operates in over 75 locations nationwide and has been featured in Newsweek, USA Today, CNN, and NPR. He spoke about communication and understanding between business owners and our emerging workforce’s characteristics and traits in terms of work ethic, appreciation, feedback, and challenges.
Business participants and students then engaged in a facilitated, roundtable discussion about student goals, experiences, and expectations in their current and future jobs. They also discussed expectations of employers and what they are looking for from Gen Y in interviews, as employees, and how to effectively work together.