Highlights from Learning Is ForEver

The diversity of programs shown within Rochester Community and Technical College was showcased this past week with two very special events. On Wednesday, the Learning Is ForEver (LIFE) Program hosted world-renowned polar explorer, educator, photographer, writer, and lecturer, Will Steger for LIFE’s 25th Anniversary celebration. A Minnesota native, Will is best known for his dogsledding expeditions throughout the arctic regions of the world, having traveled in parts of Antarctica. Steger has been an eyewitness to the destruction of Global Warming throughout his career, having followed the deterioration of the polar ice caps, many of which he has experienced firsthand through his voyages.

He explained that he will not just be known as the guy who crossed the Artic; rather, he will be most notably remembered for having crossed terrain which no longer exists due to capsizing into the Arctic Ocean. Will took the audience of nearly 300 people on a journey using incredible storytelling, videos, and pictures to capture the reality that Global Warming is not a myth. Will visited Rochester Public Schools? Lincoln K-8 Choice School in the afternoon and shared his experiences with the students. Chrisanne Pieper, coordinator of LIFE, is very pleased with the event, noting,Will is an inspiration to us all to not waste our time on this earth. He was very impressed with the RCTC LIFE Program and is a true believer and participant in lifelong learning.

Then on Friday, the Center for Business and Workforce Education (BWE) hosted its annual Leadership Summit where close to 100 experienced and emerging leaders received some inspirational messages. This year’s theme,InnovateIntegrateMotivate? signifies some important topics that help leaders move from being average managers to becoming great leaders. Keynote speaker, Petra Marquart, shared with the group that leadership first starts with coaching others to become the best of the best. This daylong conference allowed area business leaders to network, develop, and refine skills required to build a quality workforce. These men and women participated in sessions such as strategic thinking, coaching employee performance, analytics, change management, and others that lend a practical understanding of the characteristics leaders should possess to be effective.

Weaved throughout the sessions were important factors such as helping others to stay motivated, the importance that innovation has on managing change, and how to integrate influence into management to be more effective. Conference coordinator Cassie Ray comments,It is important for businesses to invest in their workforce and our Leadership Summit is just one of the ways BWE helps to make that investment easier. Providing a one-day training allows businesses to send people to network, develop relationships, and learn how to serve their industry even better.

Rochester Community and Technical College’s LIFE program provides stimulating educational programs and encourages social and personal growth for life-long learners in our growing and diverse community. The Center for Business and Workforce Education provides organizations, businesses, and individuals learning solutions to advance skills, develop careers, and improve quality and productivity. To learn more about either program contact BWE at 507-280-3157 or email workforceeducation@rctc.edu.


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