4 Hours at the Fair: Students Engage with Our Community

Posted by on August 27, 2013

Students in the Interpersonal Relations class at Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville recently spent time collaborating with Trinity Care Center, a nonprofit senior living facility located in Farmington, Minn. As part of an applied learning project for the class, the students represented the organization at an information booth recently during the Dakota County Fair, offering exposure to members of the local community.

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Amanda Brown and Jesse Turgeon during their Dakota County Fair shift

Trinity Care Center consists of a 65-bed nursing home, in-patient and out-patient therapy, independent and assisted living services and more. The students learned a great deal about the organization and received training on the services offered during a conference call with the organization’s staff. Because the organization does not have a marketing department or staff dedicated to working community booths, volunteers are essential to get the word out.

The 10 students signed up for shifts where each group would spend four hours staffing the booth. During their designated time they were able to apply the communication and listening skills outlined in their class in order to engage members of the community. The expectation was that the students would answer questions, hand out brochures and encourage volunteering with Trinity Care Center.

“Promoting Trinity Care Center during the Dakota County Fair was a nice way to get the word out about a nonprofit organization within our local community,” Kira Gallagher, dean of faculty and instructor, said. “The students were also able to use the experience to practice communicating and understanding the importance of active listening—skills we are covering as part of class.”

Following their work at the fair, the students reflected on their experience, analyzing the skills they applied by putting together a reflection paper.

Applied learning and community engagement are two areas Minnesota School of Business is committed to, so we are proud of the work the students completed for Trinity Care Center!

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