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Local professionals give students career advice at etiquette event

January 3, 2018
Emmetsburg News

The Iowa Lakes Alumni Foundation and TRIO-SSS hosted the annual Career Etiquette Dinner at the Iowa Lakes SERT Center Nov. 8, 2017.

The evening began at 5 p.m. with a welcome from the TRIO-SSS director and a workshop for the students. The workshop included a presentation about the TRIO-SSS program and the benefits of joining, such as advising, tutoring, workshops, scholarships/grant aid, campus visits and cultural enrichment opportunities. Then students received instruction on proper dining etiquette, social setting tips, and place settings. The workshop concluded with a presentation by Melissa Lutat, career pathway navigator, on the power of networking.

Following the workshop, the professionals arrived and introduced themselves to the student group as they entered the dining area.

The professionals each sat at a table with five to seven students for a four-course meal. During the meal, the students could put their dining etiquette skills to use and ask the professionals questions about their careers. The next 45 minutes were filled with great conversation and food.

After the meal, the professionals participated in a panel where students could ask questions about their careers or advice on interviewing, landing a job, and advancing in the workplace. The professionals answered their questions and gave advice on the importance of teamwork within the workplace, the impacts of social media, and the qualities they look for in a potential employee.

The event closed with a thank you to the professionals, Iowa Lakes Food Service, and maintenance staff.

Professionals in Attendance: Nancy Diekmann Med Surg/OB Nurse Manager, Avera Holy Family; Chris Fuhrman Lawyer, Pelzer Law Firm; Greg Lear Partner at Spencer Ag; Mikel Jones Certified Public Accountant, Kerber Milling; Brad Jungers Commercial Ag Banker, Northwest Bank; Diane Twait-Nelsen Special Education Transition Coordinator, Prairie Lakes AEA; Michelle Nicoson Human Resource Director, GKN; Amanda Olson Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Champion State of Mind; Brent Shatto Chief of Police, Estherville Police Department; Dr. David Shirbroun Veterinarian, Spencer Ag; Joel Taylor Engineer, GKN; Allison Walders Math Teacher, North Union

TRIO-SSS Staff in Attendance: Tiffany Neavin, Stacey Geerdes, Monica Rosacker, and Trudy Ahrens

Iowa Lakes Staff in Attendance: Tony Condon, Melissa Lutat, Dan Lutat



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