I planned to interview Minnesota School of Business-Richfield instructor Carol Jaeger for a couple of minutes so I could include a short blurb about her on Facebook for our “Friday Feature” segment. This proved to be just about an impossible task because longtime teacher Carol was just too perfect an interviewee (the woman naturally speaks in sound bites). Carol’s a favorite around these parts–she was named 2012 Faculty Member of the Year. Her students love her. Her colleagues love her.
“Carol is one of the most conscientious and caring instructors I have ever worked with,” said Lisa Kilmer, Dean of Faculty. “She truly puts the students first.”
I’d also like to mention that all the nice things Carol says during our interview weren’t coaxed out of her–this lady is a walking, talking advertisement for Minnesota School of Business/Globe University. She wasn’t wearing a sandwich board, but she may as well have been. Because she says things like this: “Terry Myhre is a visionary. And Kaye Myhre is inspirational. They are committed to providing a world class education.”
And she is totally, 100 percent genuine about it. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I’ve never met a group of people who truly love their jobs so much as those who work at MSB-Richfield.
Carol teaches Foundations of Writing I and II, Career Capstone, and Keyboarding I-IV. As she has seen many students walk through these doors (33-years’ worth of students, to be exact – though she is going to be displeased that I put that in print), she has seen what it takes to succeed as a student. Her advice: Show up.
“That’s one of the most important things. Just show up to class,” Carol said.
Carol also stresses the importance of the variety of skills that are taught at MSB and how valuable those are to both students and the employers that will eventually be fortunate enough to hire one of MSB’s grads.
“We train students with technical abilities but also ready them to fit in through communication and critical thinking,” Carol said. “The service learning and applied learning models make our graduates a true value to our community.”
She said that she has always felt challenged and enlightened throughout her career, and that working for MSB/Globe and in the education industry in general, it always feels like something new and exciting is happening. This eliminates the desire to ever look for something new – position, organization, or otherwise.
Carol attributes her long career at MSB/Globe to the fact that “the grass isn’t always greener.” She added, “The changes in the industry are so rapid, that even though you’ve been around awhile, you are evolving. You change with the times.”
Staying in one place for that long may be a foreign concept to many, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics says 4.6 years is the average length of time a person stays at a job. The Millennial generation is even more notorious for job hopping. Her dedication and loyalty are a great example to students.
“Carol really works to understand our students so she can provide a high level of support and encouragement,” said Stacy Severson, campus director. “She is personally invested in the success of every student she has in class and works tirelessly to help them achieve their goal of graduation.”
When I asked Carol what her professional goals were, they seemed entwined with goals for the MSB/Globe organization as a whole, which, again, is a testament to just how much Carol feels a part of MSB.
“My hope is for the private sector to shine and for people to recognize our importance and value. Schools like ours offer a way to keep things local–for people who want to stay within their own community, they can still realize their dreams…here.”