Applied Learning is used many classes at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee to get students ready for the workforce by encouraging participation in their chosen career field. It requires students to go above and beyond by volunteering their time at a specific organization.
Students in the Global Citizenship class are able to select their own business, and six veterinary technology degree students with a passion for animals decided this quarter to work with the Carver/Scott Humane Society. Veronica Bartusek, Elizabeth Berkholtz, Sean Kirn, Ashley Mohlis, Vanessa Otero, and Baylee Robinson were all glad to help such a wonderful organization.
Since the Carver/Scott Humane Society is a foster home-based organization with no actual shelter, the most important events it runs throughout the year are Pet Adoption Days. These monthly events run on selected Saturdays out of the PETCO stores in Chaska and Eden Prairie. The purpose of these events is to have “foster parents bring their furry charges to the hosting facility for an afternoon of socializing — in the hope that we can find our furry charges’ perfect pet-parent!”
The student volunteers worked at three separate adoption events in groups of 2-3. They helped out by setting up before the event, handling dogs during the event, and cleaning up after the event was done.
During the three Saturdays the students were there, 11 dogs and 18 cats were adopted! However, according to the volunteers, there were also numerous other people interested in adopting pets who put in applications.
The Global Citizenship course instructor, Jay Moore, said this applied learning project was particularly useful because the students tied their interests and education together.
Jay stated, “They chose a career path, and they were able to see what happened when they worked with others in the industry. MSB-Shakopee routinely works with the Carver/Scott Humane Society, so it was great to see these students working with such a great program. The purpose of applied learning was truly felt here. Students were networking, volunteering, and learning all at the same time.”