Admissions consultant, Chris Slagle, spent his first go around of high school at Cretin-Derham Hall(http://www.cretin-derhamhall.org/) in St. Paul. “I wore a uniform every day for four years,” says Chris. “It surprises me to see high schoolers wearing sweat pants and t-shirts to school.”
Chris is spending time, ten years later, at high schools and alternative learning centers (ALC) all over southwestern Minnesota- Chaska, Chanhassen, Shakopee, New Prague, Maple River,and Waconia giving sage wisdom about real life issues.
No, he’s not going back in time…he is getting F2F (face-to-face) with high schoolers so he can introduce them to our school, give them a glimpse of what our career programs offer, and possibly enroll them as future students.
How is that working out for him? “It gives me energy to hear the buzz of everyone chatting in the halls. I love what I do,” says Chris.
What exactly is it that he does? “I give presentations on team building, financial independence and attitude. I also give presentations that focus on our programs here at Shakopee…medical assisting (MA), criminal justice (CJ), veterinary technology (VT) and business. Sometimes faculty members join me such as Pam Renkel (MA), Julie Effertz (MA), Bradshaw Anderson (CJ), and Sheree Peterson (VT) to give the information and experiences of their career programs,” confirms Chris.
One presentation, the Price of Independence, focuses on personal budgets, in a scenario where the students have to imagine living on their own, paying monthly bills. He asks students to identify their wants vs. needs, then, at the end of the exercise, they will know exactly how much money they need to make per hour to support the lifestyle they want. They can then take that information and research careers. They ask themselves: Will the career they want actually pay the bills? This is a pretty eye-opening exercise.
In the Attitude presentation, Chris talks about how important it is to have a good attitude for future success. The students set SMART goals which is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timed. In Team Building, the students do a survival exercise that further illustrates the importance of working well in a team, which is necessary in all aspects of life-family, school and career.
Chris also arranges “Lunch and Learns”, or “Brunch and Learns” which brings students to MSB-Shakopee campus, where they can learn about programs, take a tour of campus and participate in some fun, hands-on activities.
If you are a teacher or professional who works with high school juniors and seniors, Chris is available as a guest speaker for your class or group. Please contact him at 952-516-7049 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set a date and time. He can be found on Facebook at Chris MSB Shakopee.
About Chris Slagle
Chris is an admissions professional who graduated from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications (emphasis in advertising) and minor in Spanish. He spends his free time with hanging out with his dog, Hannah, a coonhound/rat terrier mix. Chris currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.