This past semester (fall 2017) a group of talented students from the Business Practice Firm class were given the task of creating a business and selling a product in order to profit from the work. The class collaborated on many small business ideas, ultimately deciding on a candle company. With the holiday season in full swing, they decided candles not only make great gifts, but they become increasingly popular as the cooler winter months approach.
Like an “actual” business, students had many different roles: Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting and Production. Departments met each week to share their progress and brainstorm any potential issues and prepare for the week ahead.
The candles were homemade with soy wax in a variety of fragrances and colors. The scents included caramel apple, cranberry, pumpkin spice, and vanilla; and, were produced in the Moraine Park Technical College kitchen by the Production Team.
All of the proceeds – $688.20 – were donated to those affected by the 2017 Hurricane Disasters; specifically, All Hands Volunteers.
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Our Business Practice Firm class requires us to explore the real business world within a classroom setting. Our team collaborated on many small business ideas, ultimately deciding on a candle company. With the holiday season upon us, we decided candles not only make great gifts, but they become increasingly popular as we near the cooler winter months.
As we continue our journey to becoming an employer of choice, we find new and creative ways to help employees be engaged and successful at Moraine Park. We have an exciting opportunity for our employees and supervisors to make clear connections, increase engagement and create and meet career goals through stay conversations.
In the Fall of 2017, the College will launch the CLEAR Connections program. CLEAR Connections is a structured stay conversation process that helps to improve communication, empower leaders to enhance connections and performance with the team, and provide a tool to specifically address areas of employee engagement. Our goals with the CLEAR Connections process are to:
Christine Gil is our Moraine Park’s 2017-18 District Student Ambassador!
The role of the Ambassador is to actively serve as a member of student government, advocate for Moraine Park and the Wisconsin Technical College System as a whole, assist with College activities and events and represent the student body within the community.
All that said, you may have two burning questions remaining: The first being “What is the meaning of life?” And the second being “Who exactly is Christine Gil and why is she a perfect fit for Student Ambassador?”
Both good questions, for sure. We’ll work on the first one and get back to you. In the meantime, here are answers to the second quandary, in Christine’s own words:
Moraine Park Technical College alumnus Tyler Soto recently returned to our classrooms to discuss his time in our Human Resources program, and where his education here has led to both before and since graduation:
Here’s Tyler’s journey, in his own words:
We would like to introduce Amy Beaman, Moraine Park Technical College Economic and Workforce Development department’s newest full-time instructor. Beaman comes to Moraine Park with 20 years of experience in a variety of Human Resources and Organizational Development Leadership roles in both the private and public sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, service sector, and education. She hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a Master of Science Degree in Management and Organizational Development from Silver Lake College.
As an instructor, Beaman enjoy providing customized training and solutions to area businesses in leadership, communication, teambuilding, human resources and customer service. Beaman states, “it is gratifying being part of a team that focuses on collaborating and building partnerships with the community and area businesses to bring economic growth, success, and learning excellence to our district.”
As Beaman put it, “I know that teaching is not a ‘one size fits all’, and that each individual learner comes to the classroom with a unique combination of work experiences, educational background, and career aspirations. I am passionate about meeting each student where they are at in their professional journey and take great pride in helping people grow and develop their communication and leadership skills and potential. By bringing real-life business examples and fruitful discussions to the classroom, each learner is able to walk away with something they can apply when they return to the work environment.”
When she’s not in the classroom, she enjoy spending time with her husband and two sons who are both in middle school. They enjoy watching the boys play soccer and baseball, going up north, boating, and crossing off places to travel on their bucket list.
For more information on our Business & Industry workshops and seminars, visit morainepark.edu.
A degree? Yes. And a job in her field prior to even graduation? Yep.
But there’s more. Recent Moraine Park Technical College Human Resources graduate Kayla Ebert said she gained important life skills as well during her time here.
“The instructors and course material were great. And of course I learned new things, but my entire thought process is changed because I now view the world differently.”
And she needed that.