Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud celebrated and recognized, with other MSB campuses across the state, their employers, community partners and graduate success stories at a recent luncheon at St. Paul Town and Country Club. The annual event highlights the unique community relationships that the college fosters throughout the year and over time.
This year’s keynote speaker was Kathy Tunheim, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tunheim Partners, one of Minnesota’s largest communications agencies. She also serves as a senior adviser for Governor Mark Dayton, working to generate a public discussion on jobs and job creation. Her message to the audience centered around awareness of company needs and communication between educational institutions and employers to fill the perceived gap between skills and jobs.
Two speakers at the luncheon were guests of the St. Cloud campus: Jean Radeztsky
with Kern, DeWenter and Viere Accounting Services and Margie Wolf, a city administrator for the city of Waite Park, Minnesota. Radeztsky told the audience that working with Minnesota School of Business at both the St. Cloud and Richfield campuses has been a rewarding experience with great hires being made as a direct result of the relationships. Wolf described the successful partnership of the city with MSB students in several applied learning projects, including the development and design of signage for a Healthy Living Trail in Waite Park. The relationship with the school is ongoing, she said, with current marketing students analyzing a city survey to residents and business owners.
Alumnus Nathan Welliver also joined the St. Cloud table, representing a student success story. Nate is a recent massage therapy graduate who currently works as a Massage Department Head/Lead Massage Therapist at Lifetime Fitness in Eagan. He loves the work and contributes much of his success to the preparation he received at MSB. (See the July Graduate of the month blog:http://blogs.msbcollege.edu/2012/07/16/career-services-july-2012-graduate-of-the-month-nate-welliver/ )
Each year this celebratory event showcases community engagement and collaboration as having a huge impact on our colleges and in our local communities. It is also an appropriate way to say “thank you” to all that work hand-in-hand with MSB to make this world a better place to live, learn and grow.