Staff and faculty from Minnesota School of Business-Elk River (MSB) participated in Community Service Day, a Globe Education Network-wide event. It was an exciting day which included a Certified Veterinary Technician continuing education training on campus, volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club Golf Tournament, and a fortunate addition of GEN Provost David Metzen as presenter at Accurate Home Care as part of their Business Alliance partnership with MSB-Elk River.
The CVT training was led by Dr. Jennifer Schurrer, Dr. Karen Moeschl-Torres and Lyn Billings. Eight veterinary technicians attended the Hematology Evaluation and Urinalysis Review sessions where they were able to practice and hone skills that are needed in their field. In addition, attendees were able to earn four continuing education units for going through the training.
According to Schurrer, “This was a great opportunity for technicians in our area to earn continuing education credits and refine their technical skill set. We are hoping to continue this next year with a new set of classes and have more technicians attend the event.”
Another group of staff and faculty were working hard at the Links at Northfork at the Boys and Girls Club golf tournament where they assisted with registration, selling raffle tickets and yard sticks, and cheering on golfers as they attempted to get a hole in one to win a trip to Palm Beach.
Celina McKenzie, Massage Therapy Program Chair, who was an active participant in the event shared her thoughts about the experience: “Assisting the community is always rewarding, but when it’s done with children in mind…It’s ALWAYS done with more heart and compassion. What a great way to reward the MSB staff with a community day out in the sun while benefiting many lives at the same time.”
Proceeds from the event (approximately $10,000) benefited the Boys and Girls Club in Elk River which provides a variety of programs that focus on academic success, life skills, character and leadership, arts, sports, fitness, and recreation. The funds from this event will specifically support the upcoming summer
program which they anticipate will benefit more than 170 local youth each day.
According to Heather Aune, a representative from Boys and Girls Club, the assistance provided by MSB staff and faculty was invaluable. The number of volunteers was beneficial especially on the course as 87 golfers made their way through. Aune shared that the Boys and Girls Club Board President shared his appreciation at the post-golf dinner event for the support and dedication of the group that came to help out that day.
Last, but certainly not least, was a management training session at Accurate Home Care in Otsego, Minnesotsa, with Metzen, who shared his knowledge and experience with a group of their staff members. Accurate Home Care is an independent home health care provider with locations in Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. Amy Nelson, MSB graduate, is the founder of the organization and has helped to foster a continuing relationship with MSB.
“The staff was wonderful to work with. It is apparent that they love what they do and really want to keep improving by learning new ideas and skills,” shared Metzen. He added, “They love hiring our students and appreciate the partnership that they have with Globe/MSB.”
Staff and faculty look forward to continuing the tradition of benefiting the local community and beyond in the future. We look forward to our next Business Alliance session with Accurate Home Care on Friday, July 18th with Jodie Udell, Globe Education Network’s director of training and development, as well as plans to hold another CVT training during next year’s Community Service Day.