Give Your Gifts: A Call to DCTC Hospitality Club Students and Alumni to Share the Spirit of Hospitality

holding_open_box_of_light_6904 For more than a decade DCTC hospitality students have been delivering memories to guests and ROI to employers and clients. You have spread your talents throughout the United States and many other countries and I am thrilled to receive continuing testimonies of your successes in a myriad of hospitality professions.

Our gift is in giving the spirit of hospitality! That’s why hospitality professionals are well known for sharing their time and talents throughout the community.

If you are looking for a place to give a gift of your talents, consider volunteering at the Art of Possibilities event at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Golden Valley Campus. To view the roles and shifts available, please follow this Art of Possibilities link. Click here to learn more about the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

If you would like to share information about an organization for us to gift our talents in your geographic area, please send information to me at Watch for future Give Your Gifts notices!

Update to Meeting Students Where They’re At!

Here’s the update to real-life lab, a.k.a. classroom dates and locations for fall semester. classroom or online - you choose - custom_board_education_books_14423 DCTC Hospitality Programs take service to a whole new level with the support of Industry Partners. Students can take advantage of optional laboratory/classroom opportunities in many courses. Why? We meet you where you’re at!

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DCTC Students had a great time, shared excellent discussion, and learned a lot from our hosts, Paul Fasching and Katelyn Keyes (pictured here with students) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Park Place, Minneapolis, on September 6.

Here’s what’s on the schedule for fall semester.

SMGT 1022: Leadership
Sept 13 – Saint Mary’s University, Apple Valley
Oct 18 – Concordia University, Saint Paul

SMGT 1160: Fundamentals of Meeting, Conference, & Event Management
Sept 6 – DoubleTree by Hilton Park Place, Minneapolis – THANK YOU for a great visit!
Sept 20 – Springhill Suites, Eden Prairie
Oct 4 – Grand Hotel, Minneapolis

SMGT 1161: Advanced Meeting, Conference & Event Management
Oct 25 – Ronald McDonald Fam Glam (requires shift sign-up), Marriott City Center, Minneapolis
Nov 1 – Courage Kenny Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Hastings
Nov 22 – RiverCentre, Saint Paul

SMGT 1162: Special Event Management & Coordination
Sept 6 – DoubleTree by Hilton Park Place, Minneapolis – THANK YOU for a great visit!
Sept 20 – Springhill Suites, Eden Prairie
Oct 11 – Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Saint Paul

SMGT 1215: Negotiation Strategies
Nov 8 – IntrinXec Management, Inc., Minneapolis
Dec 6 – Care Providers of Minnesota, Bloomington

SMGT 1670: Lodging Systems & Technology
Nov 22 – DCTC Rosemount campus

You can choose to be completely online one week and only partially online next week. Students who live in other states, are traveling, or just can’t make it to class may work online completely. Or, they can reduce their computer-screen time by participating in part-time lab/classroom opportunities at real companies and venues. This is learning at its best!

SAVE these dates and watch your course site for more detailed information.

Chart your career path in Meeting and Event Management, Hospitality Lodging Management, or Spa-Resort Management.

For more information about any of DCTC’s Hospitality Programs, contact or meet me on LinkedIn.


Excitement is Building for the 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series

softball2-mainJoin me in the excitement at the 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series!  August 14, 15, 16.  The series will be held at three Brooklyn Park, MN parks. This year the World Series is hosted by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

I’m all in for this one.  Bring you, your family, your business or civic organization members and neighbors.  Let’s get involved by joining the hundreds of volunteers and many more who will be cheering on teams from the U.S., Canada, and Japan.  The sport originated here, and has grown dramatically in its 37 year span.

Grab a volunteer spot on the online sign up!  A special note to my students, alumni, and hospitality peers:  Courage Kenny is hoping we will fill the registration spots if possible.  That’s probably because they know registration is one area we can knock out of the park.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist that last little bit.)  Students and alumni, let me know when you volunteer so I can arrange for you to receive collateral for your portfolio.

Then follow the tournament on Facebook.

Find out more about the Wheelchair Softball World Series and the National Wheelchair Softball Association.