Globe University welcomed Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind and former Congressman Steve Gunderson on campus Monday, October 22. Kind and Gunderson led a conversation on “Education for Employment” with Globe students, faculty, community partners and employers.The Congressmen discussed the skills gap employers and workers are experiencing and how universities can prepare students for employment in the current workforce. Both men agreed that Globe University-La Crosse provides important educational opportunities for area students. “Globe University plays a unique role in preparing students for the needs of our workforce,” Kind explained.
In addition to sharing their thoughts on higher education, Kind and Gunderson were able to learn more about Globe through stories from students, employers, and Globe community partners.
Globe graduates are valuable employees. Jeri Zagrodnick of Mayo Clinic Health System explained how Globe medical assistant students, who were completing their externship portion of their Globe education at Mayo, became direct hires after they graduated. Jen Schank, Attorney with Johns, Flaherty, and Collins shared her experience with Kate Stegemeyer, a Globe University paralegal graduate. Kate was well prepared for success as a paralegal professional. “Now Kate is working with the DA’s office. She will go far. She has great people skills and great paralegal skills,” Schank explained.Riverfront, Inc. Volunteer Coordinator Karen Carter and Executive Director Marcia Jagodzinski expressed gratitude for their relationship with Globe faculty and students. Globe coordinates multiple service learning projects with Riverfront to their support staff and clients. Fawn King, Resident Services Coordinator with the City of La Crosse Housing Authority, explained how medical assistant classes provide health education and blood pressure screenings to residents as part of multiple service learning projects.
Globe alumni feel that the training and career services support they received prepared them for successful employment. “I’m an accountant at Marine Credit Union. Career Services was very helpful. Before, I worked at Ashley Furniture loading semis. I tried a traditional college, but everyone here is career focused,” said Scott Herdeman, Globe accounting graduate.
Jamie Stark, Globe paralegal student, shared her experiences with the support she receives at Globe. “Career Services does fabulous work. All of the staff and faculty come together to help us grow. [They] teach us through their knowledge and experience and help us learn about ourselves. The wonderful staff and faculty are here to help us achieve our goals.”Congressman Kind discussed the cost of education and his work advocating for affordable financial aid. Globe students also shared how they were impacted by the cost of their education. Medical assistant graduate Denae Larrabee explained that she paid for her education herself and how it’s helped her value her degree. “It’s my money and it’s worth it because I’ve earned my degree. Now, I’m working as an MA and I’m able to pay off my degree. And I’m happy. It’s worth it.” Denae’s dedication and skills helped her become employed as a medical assistant with Mayo before she graduated.
Kind asked students why they chose Globe University. “At Globe we can find something applicable; skills that won’t go away. It’s special here,” explained Bob Mathews, a criminal justice student. Rebecca Felton, a massage student, added “They accept people’s differences and show the value in all of our differences.”
“You’re not just a number or a face, you’re a person here. Here, where it’s smaller, they get to know you,” said Shanleigh Ritger, medical assistant student.
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