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From the shadows

Prospective students get a first-hand look at career opportunities at the ‘See it, Learn it, Be it’ event hosted by Minnesota West Community and Technical College

November 10, 2010
By Jenny Kirk

While some say old dogs cannot learn new tricks, human beings are never too old to learn. They just need an opportunity.

With that in mind, Minnesota West Community and Technical College prepared a program called "See it. Learn it. Be it," for people of all ages.

The program focuses on gaining experience in a variety of occupational fields, and with four of the eight MnWest campuses offering separate program dates, prospective college students can select any number of careers to shadow.

"We've had a program like this in the past, but it was called 'Tech. Search,'" said Katie Delaney, Canby Campus admissions marketer. "We've revamped it. Before, we all kind of had some program, but we've made it more organized now."

On Nov. 16, the Canby Campus will offer attendees the chance for a hands-on experience in dental assisting, diesel technology, electrician and wind energy technology.

"They'll actually go to class with a student ambassador, and they'll get to meet with instructors and get a feel for the program," Delaney said. "It's a great opportunity to shadow someone and see if you'd be comfortable taking the course and being part of the campus."

While MnWest typically targets high school students, non-traditional students are always welcome as well.

"We tend to target high school sophomores to seniors," Delaney said. "But we've also had older non-traditional students come. They're a little tougher to target, but it's a wonderful opportunity for them to take advantage of."

All four of the sites will follow the same type of schedule for "See it. Learn it. Be it." A welcome and registration time kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. shadowing sessions to follow.

"At our Canby Campus, this event is our most successful one for getting kids on campus," Delaney said. "They listen for a few minutes about financial aid options, and then the rest of the day, they go where their interest lies."

At noon, a free lunch is served, followed by a campus tour.

"It's not a lot of boring stuff," Delaney said. "And, it still allows (the attendees) to get back to school or work the same day."

While the Pipestone Campus event was held already on Tuesday, those interested in accounting and administrative assistant, biofuels technology, child development, auto body, computer support or fluid power technology, can register for the Nov. 30 session at the Granite Falls Campus.

"At the four campuses, we offer the same event, but different programs," Delaney said. "We scheduled them on different weeks so that it allows students to make their way to whichever one they want or fit it into their schedule."

On Dec. 2, the Jackson Campus will offer administrative assistant/medical secretary, automotive technology, computer engineering technology, computer maintenance repair, cosmetology/esthetician/manicurist, electrician, electric utility substation technology, networking specialist, power sports technology and powerline technology.

There's no cost except for their transportation," Delaney said. "We only ask that people pre-register at"



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