Celebrating Commitment to Hospitality and a Powerful Network of Professionals

DCTC hospitality graduates span the globe in hospitality careers.  On Saturday, May 21, many graduates, students, and their guests will be found at the annual Spring BBQ.

For more date notice_001than a decade, DCTC hospitality graduates have brought a level of professionalism to meetings, events, conventions, trade shows, and venues such as hotels, resorts, and tourism destinations.  Many serve in hospitality supply organizations that provide design, props, lighting, catering, tours, and a myriad of other products and services to enhance the guest experience.  As hospitality alumni have honed their talents in employer corporations or started their own corporation, many employ other graduates and students.  Together they form a powerful network.

For complete info and RSVP, visit DCTC Hospitality – Celebrating 10 Years and More

Here’s a glimpse of our January, 2016 celebration . . .

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Contact Rosealee Lee to visit or ask questions on LinkedIn, by phone 952-454-1138, or via email at rosealee.lee@dctc.edu.

 

 

 

DCTC Makes Learning REAL! DCTC Spring ’15 Semester Saturday Opportunities

Meeting and Event Management
Hospitality Lodging Management
Spa and Resort Management
Spring ’15 students taking courses in DCTC hospitality  programs will want to save these dates on their calendar. WATCH FOR UPDATES here AND on the news page of your online course site for location announcements.

If your course is listed here and published as online, then these are optional classroom half-days. Almost all “classroom” dates are at a hospitality or supplier corporation. Students take advantage of behind-the-scenes tours, guest lectures from real field professionals AND we work on course assignments.

SMGT 1160: January 17 at Rosemount campus, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1160: February 7, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1160: February 21, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1161: March 7, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1161: March 28, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1161: April 18, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.

SMGT 1162: January 17, Rosemount campus, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

SMGT 1162: February 28, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1166: March 14, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1166: April 11, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1166: April 25, Rosemount campus, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1172: March 21, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1172: April 25, Rosemount campus, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SMGT 1175: January 31, location TBA, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SMGT 1175: February 21, location TBA, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SMGT 1260: January 24, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SMGT 1260: February 14, location TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

DO connect with me and your other hospitality faculty members on LinkedIn:

Jessica Bartram

David Keinert

Rosealee Lee

Annette Marquez

Shawna Suckow

Is the job market hiding, or are you?

For some individuals, the answer is yes to both of these questions. If you’re still looking for your new position in a listing such as newspaper or Internet, realize that only a very small percentage of recruitment notices ever make it to those listings and of those that do, about 50% of them are included solely to satisfy legal or corporate policy requirements.

The real job market is in the network.

The term network; a.k.a. networking used to mean who you knew. It followed that the individual who knew more people would likely be hired first. That’s no longer the case. In today’s ultra-competitive world, the “winner” is the individual about whom more people know. Networking success today is measured in the number of individuals who know about you, your talents, and your skills. There are a myriad of methods to accomplish this and a healthy balance of each of the methods should be sought. These include: joining and attending events in your industry, honing your social media presence, especially on LinkedIn, becoming involved on committees within organizations that support your industry of choice, and more. The purest form of networking, however, is informational interviewing.

Informational interviewing is an opportunity to meet with an industry professional to learn more about the industry, what it’s like to work in a particular company, the career path that professional followed to get to their current position, what skills are most valued within the profession, and how success is measured. This is your chance to gather information in a setting far less stressful than a job interview.

About 15 minutes is ample time for an informational interview. Keep your questions succinct and look for chances to convey your career goals and knowledge in a conversational setting. REMEMBER, this NOT a job interview. It is instead, pure networking. For every informational interview you conduct, you expand the network of professionals that know about you far more than you realize. Assuming you made a good impression, the individual you met with can now refer to having met you when they learn from a counterpart that there is a job opening within the industry. People talk. Take advantage of that to open doors for your next career move.

Want to know more about the subtle nuances that will enhance your information interviewing success? Or perhaps you want to learn more about how to build your personal brand. (YES, you ARE a brand!) I’ll be on-hand to answer questions on these topics as part of a LinkedIn Workshop that will be hosted in January by the DCTC-MPI Student Club.

Together we can make 2015 YOUR YEAR. Watch this blog and the MPI online newsletter (www.mnmpi.org) for more information. Meet me on LinkedIn!

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 Rosealee.Lee@dctc.edu or meet me on LinkedIn.

 

Meeting Students Where They’re At!

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 classroom opportunities in many courses. Why? We meet you where you’re at!

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 classroom opportunities at real companies and venues. This is learning at its best!

Get it YOUR WAY – IN THE REAL WORLD – fall semester optional classroom opportunities are listed below. SAVE these dates and watch your course site for location information!

SMGT 1160: Sept 6, Sept 20, Oct 4 – Fundamentals of Meeting, Conference, & Event Management

SMGT 1161: Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 22 – Advanced Meeting, Conference, & Event Management

SMGT 1162: Sept 6, Sept 20, Oct 11 – Special Event Management & Coordination

SMGT 1022: Sept 13, Oct 18 – Leadership

SMGT 1215: Nov 8, Dec 6 – Negotiation Strategies

SMGT 1670: Nov 22 – Lodging Systems & Technology

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 Rosealee.Lee@dctc.edu or meet me on LinkedIn.

 

A Different Kind of Food Drive — Please Join Me!

Nope, I’m not asking you to bring canned goods. I’m asking you to join me in the garden on Saturday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Inver Hills Community College-Metropolitan State University Interdisciplinary Community Garden and Orchard. Since 2012 community members, students, faculty, and staff have been generating produce for local food shelves.

Inver-Metro Community Garden

Let’s celebrate summer and sun while
we play in the dirt together!

Gardening tools will be provided.

Getting to the Garden

Inver Hlls Community College is at 2500 East 80th Street, Inver Grove Heights, MN. The community garden is located on the south side of campus, directly behind Heritage Hall. To get there, park in either the College Center or South parking lot, and follow the outdoor stairs between Heritage Hall and the Business building. Continue along the path behind Heritage Hall to the garden.

Can’t make it on June 14th?  That’s ok — you can garden with the community on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00p.m. and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon.

Your suspicions about social media are true. Now what?

This article and corresponding research is focused on lodging establishments, but the concept is universal to business. The big question is often, can social media be a valid push or is it a pull activity? The answer is yes to both push and pull.push pull one_on_one_challenge_300_clr_8069

Pushing information out is, it seems, the most popular social media activity. We push information out to increase awareness of products and services. Linkages to resulting ADR and RevPAR (aka revenue to non-hotelier readers) are often scant, primarily due to the lack of strategy driving the pushing. This can be likened to talking but not being quiet enough to listen, or, even asking if the listener understood what you were saying. The sweetest sound to anyone is that of their own voice, so why should social media talk be any different?

Listening, and sometimes even asking the right questions via social media channels can help each of us (in ANY business) gain insight into what features and benefits entice potential customers and drive them to purchase. Using social media strategically as part of a comprehensive plan can increase sales to our current market AND help us to explore new markets.

The article, Impact on Social Media on Lodging Performance Research, from Chris Anderson, The Center for Hospitality Research, Cornell University provides insight into how to make this happen. Unsure how to create a strategic social media plan? A knowledgeable social media strategist can help.

Very much part of the same strategy is the application of reward programs. Voorhees, McCall, and Carroll, from the Center for Hospitality Research, Cornell University, address this issue with great information in their report, Assessing the Benefits of Reward Programs.

Let’s keep this conversation going — use the comment block below to add your voice.
We can also meet on LinkedIn.