Taking Your Hospitality Career to the Next Level

Deciding to take the next step in higher education is often a decision made by necessity. You work your way up the organizational chain and then find out that others have the leg up because they have a 4-year degree, when you have the experiential knowledge and have paid your dues. The thought of going back to school seems overwhelming with all the other responsibilities- work, family, volunteerism, etc.  I know where you are coming from and wanted to share information on a bachelor’s completion program that is run by one of our former DCTC Meeting and Event Planning instructors, Christine Pigsley at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The Applied Organizational Studies Program transfers in the credits you earned previously at DCTC or other colleges and then builds an individual pathway to a bachelor’s degree. You don’t have to start over, sit in class, or take a slew of courses that fail to add value to your professional development.  The core courses focus on communication and virtual teamwork, leading and following in different organizational environments, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, and change management. Then students select courses in communications, non-profit leadership, marketing, program administration and planning, etc.

The reason I find this so interesting for my community of hospitality professionals is that the courses are offered similarly to how I ran the program at DCTC, 8-week sessions, flexible course delivery, and a true appreciation for your personal and professional experience in the course work. If you want to learn more here is a video and website http://sbs.mnsu.edu/aos/.

Spotlight on Hospitality Professionals

Are you a hospitality professional?  Do you want to be? If so, the article, “Training Tomorrow’s Professionals” is about YOU! Just a few months into retirement I was thrilled to contribute to this article published by Minnesota Meetings and Events Magazine. Now I’m even more excited to be returning to DCTC. Contact Jason Obarski, jason.obarski@dctc.edu, or me, rosealee.lee@dctc.edu. if you want to complete your educational journey and open doors to you future.  Let’s go back to school together!

Mentors Open Doors to the Future, For Others and Themselves

Thank you for the positive response about my recent Mentor post, Mentors Make a Difference! Now it’s time to pay it forward. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about mentorship and realizing that we all are mentors.  We may mentor in different ways, but we all model behavior, skills, and values — that’s mentorship!  For many individuals, the act of mentoring goes still further.  And the really great thing is that mentors gain more than they give.  I’ll get to my ideas on that in a moment, but first, let me give you the Hospitality Alumni Mentorship Application.

DCTC alumni are needed to bring education full-circle.  Hospitality and Event Management certificate or degree graduates are doing amazing things in business worldwide.  Pass it on! Graduates, here’s the application you are requesting.

DCTC Hospitality & Event Mentor Program Application

Graduates here is just a partial list of what’s in it for you, besides the obvious “feel good — give back to the community” feeling you get.Develop your own careerhands_circle_team_19002 (1)

  • Get a great addition to your resume
  • Attain increased visibility within the professional community and your workplace
  • Grow your network
  • Add to your collaboration and communication “toolbox”

More mentor initiative information is available hereConnect with me on LinkedIn at any time.

Mentors Make a Difference! Now it’s time to pay it forward.

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Remember that mentor that propelled you on your journey?  Their energy, skills, and network added to your success.  It’s time to pay that forward.  DCTC alumni are needed to bring education full-circle.  Hospitality and Event Management certificate or degree graduates are doing amazing things in business worldwide.  Today’s technological tools invite international collaboration, so don’t let geographic location hamper you in being a mentor. Let’s take that expertise and extend a hand to current program students!  Mentorships are one semester in length. Connect with me on LinkedIn to request an application.  More mentor initiative information is available here.

 

Where are the cookies and coffee?

I’m cheering?  Can you hear it?  Engagement is fashionable — finally! Twenty years ago + I pushed the envelope on meeting breaks by adding entertainment, dancing lessons, mini-round tables, and more.  I loved attendee reaction and ignored laughter from my peers.

Congrats to Angela Gaffney for shining fresh light on an old issue.  The days of standing in line for the payphone are over.  We may still need to stand in line for the restroom, but that still leaves time for reflection on what was just heard in the session and engagement with other attendees.  Read MeetingsNet recent article: 15 Ways to Power Up Your Meeting Breaks

What fresh ideas do you have for breaks that spawn engagement and fun?  turtle_floating_water_relaxing_251

 

 

Face-to-Face Meetings ARE Global Business

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition, started i
n the U.S. to spread awareness of the economic value of meetings. Since it’s inception the initiative has provided powerful communication and advocacy to the industry. Read more about the globalization of their efforts.

Congratulations to Meetings Mean Business Coalition.  You add value to our career and the future of the industry.

 

 

 

Real Learning YOUR Way

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DCTC Hospitality Programs meet you where you’re at and take service to a whole new level! Students can work completely online or combine online with in-person classes.

Flexible Learning at It’s Best!

You can choose to be completely online one week and only partially online next week. Students who live in other states or countries, are traveling, or just can’t make it to class, may work online completely. Or, you can reduce your computer screen time by participating in part-time “classroom” opportunities in the real world. This is learning at its best!

Get it Your Way — In the Real World

We make learning real! “Classroom” takes on a whole new meaning in DCTC’s hospitality courses. Thanks to industry partners, almost all of the optional “classroom” Saturdays are in the real world at venues and industry organizations. Students get behind-the-scenes tours and hear from industry professionals.

Here’s your list of fall ’16 semester courses with optional “classroom” dates and locations. THANK YOU, industry partners for helping to make learning real!

SMGT 1022 Leadership

1160 Fundamentals of Meeting, Conference, & Event Management

SMGT 1161 Advanced Meeting, Conference, & Event Management

SMGT 1162 Special Event Management & Coordination

SMGT 1166 Event Design: The Art of Wow

 

Chart your career path in Meeting and Event Management or Hospitality Lodging Management.

For more information about any of DCTC’s Hospitality Programs, contact Rosealee.Lee@dctc.edu or meet me on LinkedIn.