The Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus feels very fortunate to have a handful of former students who have come back as employees. This month, we would like to feature the two newest members of our admissions team who also fall into the category of MSB graduates. Meet Darnita Young and Patricia Aguayo!
Darnita Young, Admissions Representative
Darnita Young is an Indiana native who moved to Minnesota in 1999. She is not only a first generation college graduate but also the first in her family to receive a high school diploma. Young has always had a passion for cosmetology, so that is where she found her first career path. She attended a cosmetology school in Minnesota and became a licensed cosmetologist, a licensed cosmetology instructor, and a licensed manager. Young worked in the field for seven years and then decided it was time to go back to school.
She attended Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud to obtain an associate degree in cosmetology business; she graduated in 2010. This took her to a managerial position where she worked many, many hours. While she thoroughly enjoyed her job, she was spending too much time at work and not enough time with her family.
Young decided to look into a career change where she could still help people. She wanted to help others find their career path because no one in her family had that same opportunity. Young contacted the career services department at MSB-St. Cloud, and they pointed her to the open positions on the Minnesota School of Business website; there she found an open position in the admissions department. So far, Young has really enjoyed working at the Brooklyn Center campus because she feels as she can relate to the students.
Because Young still enjoys helping others look their best, she is the process of opening her own business. This will allow her to help others for special occasion events, such as weddings, on a part-time basis. Young is married to an amazingly supportive husband, and she has three wonderful daughters. She also has an obsession with shopping for shoes.
Young and co-worker Patricia (Patty) Aguayo went to admissions training together and instantly became great friends. They coined a quote relating to their energy level, which hangs in their cubes, “We are too much for the average person.”
Patricia Aguayo, Admissions Representative
Aguayo was born in Chile and lived there until age seven. She is very proud of her family roots. Most of her family is in the medical industry working as doctors and nurses. However, Aguayo has always loved business. She believes that she received her business sense from her dad because of his background in business. He has always been very successful in the field.
Aguayo’s first career path was doing sales and marketing for a produce supplier. While working for the supplier, she decided to attend college at Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center to obtain an associate degree in business administration; she graduated in 2011. Aguayo continued to work for the supplier for a short time and then decided that she wanted a more meaningful job where she could help people. She, like Young, made the decision to check out the world of college admissions.
Aguayo also found herself back at Minnesota School of Business, and she was thrilled to accept a job at the Brooklyn Center campus. She loved the campus as a student because the instructors and staff were constantly showing her how much they cared; she could not wait to be an employee so that she could also embody the “We Care” attitude. Aguayo also enjoys the diversity of the campus.
In her spare time, Aguayo loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She calls herself a “hipster” and loves to check out local coffee shops wherever she is. Her passion is music, and she has been singing since age five. While gospel music is her favorite to sing, she does enjoy all genres. Aguayo plays the guitar as well. Her entire family is into music simply because they all grew up around it. While she is not married and does not have children, she is in the process of getting a dog.
Young and Aguayo are both continuing their education at this time in the bachelor’s degree program for business.
The campus is thrilled that both women have joined our team! Welcome to Brooklyn Center!