Friday, March 4, 2011

Farewell my friends…It’s a bitter sweet ending.

    I’m writing this blog as my last and final blog for MPTC. I am leaving with a heavy heart because I truly enjoyed enlightening all of my friends here at MPTC. I believe in MPTC and the philosophy that this school lives by. This school has changed my life in so many ways. I wish the best for all who are lucky enough to take this journey of self discovery and as the saying goes all good things must come to an end. However, I would like to believe that my journey has not ended it has actually just begun. 

    So here is the last and final tip from me to you, “Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.  So I am going to take a risk and step out into the unknown. There is one thing about life that you should always remember and that is that every person that you meet in life touches your life in some way and changes it. I hope that change is for the better; I hope that the change you felt when you made that decision to become a student was for the better. I want everyone to know that the change within me from doing this blog was definitely for the better.

     Even now Moraine Park continues to play a pivotal role in my new adventure; allow me to explain. I have accepted a new job offer from a company that I found through Tech Connect; Tech Connect is an online job posting service offered via Moraine Park student email you can learn more at http://www.wisconsintechconnect.com/College/tc30/login/Login.aspx.

    I may have found the job based on Moraine Park’s wonderful Student Employment Service, but it was the persistence I learned from reading books, and from student clubs. I applied for employment at this company on three separate occasions, but could never get past the computer application screening process. A good friend of mine suggested I GIVE-UP, that word was unfamiliar to me so I GAVE-IT one more attempt, only this time I had a plan. I called the company’s Human Resources department and requested the name of their hiring personnel; once I received the name I went to their office and asked to speak to that person by name. When she came to speak with me I told her my story about my application complication. After I was done I handed her my resume, cover letter and letters of reference. Long story short, they called me back and made the comment that it was my persistent that may have gotten me the job.

    Tip: If you want something bad enough, never let anything stand in the way of your goals and dreams. Push forward with passion and respect, and you will be rewarded in the end with the desires of your heart.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Moraine Park has a wonderful Support Service for you!

    I can’t help to wonder how many of us really utilize all of the resources provided for us. When I enrolled at Moraine Park Technical College, I was in desperate need of an educational tune-up. My test scores were so far below acceptability that I had to register at the Student Success center in order to bring my Accuplacer scores up to par. I spent nearly 8-months in there working diligently. With the help of some wonderful people like Joan and Mary, I was able to pass all of the requirements that would allow me to start college courses.


    Working my way into the marketing program still came with roadblocks. Although I was able to take class, I was still education wise behind and needed help. I quickly learned that Moraine Park offered student’s resources that can help make the transition a smooth one. In my first class (Student Success), Mr. Finley came in and gave a short presentation about the services his office offers. I thought it was a good thing that if I miss a class someone could take notes for me. But the best thing was that his office offered tutoring; I really needed that. I received tutoring in math and one other subject and was able to pass my classes (I don’t think I could have without that service).

    A classmate of mine told me about a lunch n learn (a presentation with free lunch), so we went for the free food. While eating the “free” lunch we listened to the presentation. The presenter, Amy Anderson explained what it is she does (counseling service) and how she could be of service to us. It wasn’t until my second semester that I found her office. Amy is one of those people who grow on you. We became very good friends and I became a regular in her office as she helped me to get over my fear and stress.


     Seriously, I’m not just promoting Moraine Park’s services for the fun of it. I took advantage of all the resources Moraine Park had to offer because I needed the help. They were there to assist me. A big thank you to every MPTC employee. I won’t boast about all of the resources available, (for more information visit http://www.morainepark.edu/services/student-resources/#student-resources), but I will say during my final year I worked with the career center, specifically Rhonda Bird-Roehrig. Rhonda is one of the nicest, most professional women I have met. She helped me perfect my interviewing skills and compile a beautiful resume. Quick story, I was nominated for student of the month for the Fond du Lac Rotary club. Mrs. Rhonda Bird-Roehrig is also a part of that club. Long story short, I met her husband there and I guess I made a good enough impression that he mentioned a job opportunity he knew of to me. I pursued if further and after applying for the job (with the resume and interview skills I learned from the career center) and of course their endorsement; I received the job. Moral of the story is, utilize all that is offered and always make a good first impression, you never know what may come of it.

    Tip: Ask yourself; are you using all of the available resources? What kind of first impression do you leave on people? A.B.P means, always be prepared. Now you’ve been given the scoop. “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” Charles R. Swindoll

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Moraine Park's Student Club provides great experience!

     When I made the decision to return to school, I had no idea how involved I would be in student organizations. Truth be told, back in middle school my main priority was hanging with the cool kids and to not get beat up that day. Student clubs and extra-curricular activities were the last thing on my mind. I was unaware of the opportunities student organizations presented; the only knowledge I had of student organizations came from “Saved by the Bell” when Zack tried running for student government.
    What made me decide on pursuing a degree in marketing was that fact that I was very good in sales and customer service. I’m very passionate about sales, promotion, and customer behavior. So are the instructors that teach the marketing courses at Moraine Park Technical College. One instructor in particular is very passionate about marketing, so much so that she runs the DEX/Marketing club. During my first class with Robin she pitched the goals and benefits of the DEX/Marketing club. At that point everything was still so new to me that I had chosen to wait another semester before I explored further into any club. Robin was persistent, one day after class she pulled me off to the side and sold me on giving the club a try (she’s good at what she does).

    Attending the DEX/Marketing club was the first club I had been a part of. It was everything I loved about selling! I enjoyed the club so much that I volunteered to be the treasurer (with a little help from Robin). Being involved with the club really helped me network and learn things that I wouldn’t have in the classroom.

From that point on, my love and appreciation for student involvement sky-rocketed. I got involved with the Student Senate, which involved all the student organizations (I was the treasurer there also); the Multicultural club, helping to bring awareness of diversity (I was the President); and WSG (Wisconsin Student Government), my second best accomplishment for student involvement (mentioned in a previous blog posting). The best part came at the end of the semester when everyone involved with student organizations were recognized with awards and plaques. I would have never thought that I could be involved in something so special, given where I came from. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!” Anthony Robbins.


    Check out Moraine Park Technical College student clubs at http://www.morainepark.edu/services/student-life/student-clubs/.



Tip: If you think you don’t have the enough time in the day to join any clubs reevaluate things because what you’re saying is, “I don’t have enough time to invest in my future.” I have two kids, a wife and a life as well; the only difference is that I made the decision to fit what I love into the things I love now that’s the scoop. Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. David Frost

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wisconsin's Got Talent





You might be surprised to learn that Wisconsin has talent; some very talented people have come from Wisconsin. People like: Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazard; Gene Wilder, who worked alongside of Richard Pryor in films like See No Evil, Hear No Evil; and my favorite, Stir Crazy. Wilder is best known for playing Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factry. Another very influential person to come from the good old Cheese-land is Oprah, although she wasn’t born in Wisconsin she was raised here. That’s just to name a few!


There have been plenty of other great people to grace these parts, and some still making their presence felt. One of those hidden talents is, Unity…The Band, an original roots rock reggae band. The band played at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday and blew the roof completely off! Unity really rocked it playing songs like: No Woman No Cry and Let It Be; now I’ve seen many live bands before, but none like this. Every song was performed to perfection! Unity…The Band is a local group from Appleton, WI and if you missed them at MPTC you can always check them out at MPTC’s West Bend campus this Wednesday or at Summerfest! Or look up Unity...The Band on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/unitytheband.


As a celebration for Black History Month, Moraine Park provided another wonderful afternoon of entertainment and fun trivia. Thanks MPTC! I hope everyone took a chance at playing the trivia; they were giving out great prizes and I, for one, even won a MPTC coffee mug! As Martin Luther King Jr. said, The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” In one of my classes, the instructor even allowed us to teach on the last day, something of our own choosing. One of the students brought in his guitar and sang an original song and quite honestly it was good. Which leads me to wonder, out of all the students that go to MPTC, who has musical talent or magic or any talent that they might be willing to share? Maybe Moraine Park can have an open mic contest at the end of the year to showcase student’s talents, hmm…


Tip: Don’t be afraid to share your talents, whatever they may be. Keeping your talents or skills to yourself, only deprives the world and people of something special and unique only found within you. Sharing is caring and that’s the scoop.





Friday, February 18, 2011

Graduation and then what…..

     My wife is a 2006 graduate of MPTC in the Corrections Science Program and has worked in her chosen career for a while but now struggles to find work in her field. How do you envision it after you get your degree? Do you think that after you get your degree that you will most likely be working full time in your field or do you think that it may be a struggle to get through that interview process and land the right position? With the economy not being the greatest and a lot of people vying for the same positions, my wife said there were over 250 people at the last test for the Correctional Officer Position in Washington County.  Well then you should already know that you may need to do more to stand out from the rest.

    My wife also began to wonder how many people in her graduating class are actually currently employed and if so are they currently employed in their field of study. Well in case you are wondering you can find all of this information out, if you want to know it, at MPTC in their Admissions area. They have print outs of each graduating year and the statistics are readily available. So, today I plan to go there to get information on the Class of 2006.  Check out Moraine Park’s graduate follow-up data at http://www.morainepark.edu/about-mptc/college-data-and-demographics/graduate-data/#data.

    Now, you are probably asking what you can do to stand out from the rest besides getting a degree. Well, go to the local Job Fairs coming up in April, and Career Days at MPTC to keep up your interviewing skills and your marketability. Continue on with your education, never stop learning! Have people review your resume to keep it current and ask your instructors for references, they can be valuable resources and often times are aware of positions that are open and available.

Tip: Network, Network, Network. You never know who might be looking for that right person at the right time.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Round of Applause

           I would like to give a round of applause to all the professional women out there doing their thing. The reason for this salutation is that I recently attended a Lunch N Learn for “Women of Corrections.” No I’m not thinking about becoming a woman in corrections. I wanted to gain a better understanding from the women who work alongside the men in a hostile environment. These women had worked in one of the most dangerous penitentiaries in Wisconsin, Waupun Correctional, a maximum facility for men. While I may think twice about applying for a job like that these women held no reservations about their career choice, kudos to you women.

            They were very up-front about their experience in working in an all-male prison, and the attitude towards them by the inmates and by some coworkers. A question was asked, “Do the inmates make it a priority to prey on the women guards?”  One of the presenters replied by saying “as long as you put them in check when they do try something they will knock it off and be sure you inform your superior of the inmates attempt”. As I looked at both the women I saw a glow of confidence and strength. These women weren’t working in a men’s prison to prove something; they were doing it because they believed in their ability to do what was asked of them and to do it without any fear. I really have to take my hat off to all women working in Corrections and the military specifically, thank you ladies!

            This blog is a credit to all of the women that help this world function; you ladies truly are the backbone of this country, and of all men. I can say that as a testimony too, from my very own experience that it’s only because of a woman that I am where I am at. I was headed down the path of a career criminal; when a young woman saw something in me I couldn’t even imagine seeing. That woman is…..my wife. So I want to give a standing ovation to the mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers--keep doing your thing out there. Speaking of grandmothers, my grandmother will be celebrating her 87th birthday this March so congratulation to you grandma. Love ya, and I’ll see you soon.

Tip: This is Black History month so let us be reminded of the discrimination we all had to overcome--men and women, black and white. Today and the rest of your life treat everyone with the respect you would want to be treated with. Appreciate what the women do for you, and for this world. Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece.  ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lost-N-Love

Yesterday was truly a day for love, Valentine’s Day a day for romance, so let’s get “lost –N-love” people. Love in all honesty is very remarkable; it’s unpredictable and uncompromising. It’s exciting and memorable; I would bet that each and every one of us remembers our first love, our first kiss. Once the heart and mind decide that a person is deserving of our love and affection, we open up gradually sharing our entire personalities with that wonderful someone that has won over our hearts.

I met my wife 14- years ago. The funny thing is I had no idea we would be married or even if I wanted to be married, but she knew it after just two hours of dating. At the conclusion of our first date as I was leaving her sister yelled out of their window, “My sister said she’s going to marry you.” Once I heard that, I was unsure if I should have felt happy or afraid (stalker). After all we had just met that very same day and only for a few hours at that.

So next year for Valentine’s Day I would like to do something special for my wife, I welcome any suggestions anyone may have so that I can decide which one I will use. Save the obvious like a dozen red roses or the chocolates in a heart shaped box. And yes, I did the candlelit dinner, but there is nothing romantic about burnt steak and overcooked rice.

I took my wife and kids to see the entertainment at Moraine Park. I never miss a chance to take the kids to see the acts at MPTC, besides my kids love the magic acts and illusionist. I looked over to see if my wife was enjoying herself, but I couldn’t tell. So I asked her “are you having a good time?” she replied, “as long as the kids are out of my hair and I don’t have to cook dinner, I’m having a blast.” At that point I wondered if we were getting old, however, I at least have one idea for next year, “send the kids to Moraine Park for the entire day!”

Tip: When you have someone that you love, tell them early and often, because if you don’t someone else will.