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Design and Manufacturing Minneapolis

3D printers, virtual reality, and medical technology, oh my! Senior REACH students and chaperones travelled to Minneapolis in their REACH van for the Midwest’s largest advanced design and manufacturing event. 9 students attended the day-long event to learn more about opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Students were shocked and pleasantly surprised with the awesome things that a career in manufacturing presented them.

Strengths Quest with Meg Krinke

Studies have found that 80% of human behavior comes from an individual’s top 5 strengths. This training, facilitated by Meg Krinke of MK Consulting, helped REACH students discover their greatest talents and how to build on their personal strengths.

Meg Krinke has a successful track record as a trainer and coach in business, communications, and HR including retail leadership roles, management recruiting, corporate level multi-state human resource management, university level classroom instruction, and HR consultation. Meg has also been providing valuable outsourced support for the REACH program since January 2018.

An Extraordinary Mindset with Gilbert Brown and Santana Dotson

REACH students heard from Gilbert Brown and Santana Dotson, former Green Bay Packers, about their journeys of hard work, overcoming obstacles and personal motivation to reach their goal of playing in the NFL. The students spent time on the practice field with Gilbert and Santana running drills and engaging in games that focused on listening skills, following instruction and stepping outside their personal comfort zones. Gilbert and Santana stressed to the REACH students that they can accomplish anything as long as they remain committed to their goals and do not allow any distractions to take them off course. They left the students with this encouragement-“You are extraordinary. You just haven’t figured it out yet.”

Brown became a fan favorite after being picked up by the Packers in August 1993, partly because he was easy to spot, and partly because of his eccentric “Gravedigger” touchdown celebration. He played 125 Packers games (103 starts) with 292 tackles (186 solo) and seven sacks. He also played in 15 Packers playoff games. In franchise history, only Brett Favre (22) has more.

Dotson played for the Packers from 1996-2001, and during his career he also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. Notable accomplishments include being named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1992, 460 career tackles, and two Super Bowl trips with the Packers.

Standout Resume and Cover Letter Tips

HR professionals from several Winona businesses spent a class period with junior manufacturing and health and human service REACH students. The pros offered advice and tips to the students on how to improve their resumes and cover letters in order to stand out among a crowd of job applicants. Students learned about strategies being used today when hiring and how they can address the needs of businesses with their resumes. Other topics discussed included proper email and phone etiquette and communication skills demanded when interacting with professionals in the workplace. Students were able to ask for critique on their drafted resumes and learned the best practices of writing cover letters.

Manufacturers and Technology Luncheon

REACH junior and senior manufacturing students had the privilege of joining over 100 professionals in the Winona community at the 2018 Manufacturers and Technology Luncheon on October 2nd. The Governor’s Commendation Award was presented to the Founding Legacy Partners of the REACH program, which included BCS Automotive Interface Solutions, Benchmark Electronics, Fastenal, Miller Ingenuity, Peerless Industrial Group, RTP Company, and Wincraft. Students had the opportunity to network with professionals and fellow students, learn about time-to-market races in the fast-moving manufacturing industry, receive some helpful advice for career readiness, and win some awesome prizes.

REAL Colors in Real Life

Following their REAL Colors training, REACH students were able to expand on their understanding of their individual colors by talking to professionals from the Winona community that matched each color. These professionals talked about how their color affects every day communication and behavior in a work environment. Students learned how important it is to recognize, accept, and value differences among people and how to capitalize on their unique skills and talents. With this knowledge, students will have stronger communication and conflict management skills.

REACH Program Opening Day at St. Mary’s University

Campus Scavenger Hunt-REACH students participated in a scavenger hunt to explore St. Mary’s University campus and build strong team working skills.

Lesson in Overcoming Challenges with James Blagborne-Senior REACH students learned from James about the importance of a positive attitude and perseverance when overcoming challenges.

James is currently a Quality Manager at Thern in Winona. Earlier in his life, James was involved in a serious mugging in which he suffered two gun shots to his head. He spent several months in the hospital and several years proving to himself and others that anything is possible if you continue to persevere.

REAL Colors Training Class with Katy Smith–Katy Smith has been engaging communities in conversations for more than 25 years. Katy is an educator, a trainer, and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Katy lives and works in Winona, Minnesota

Using Real Colors, people learn to recognize, accept and value the differences in others while improving understanding, empathy and communication.

Real Colors® is a dynamic workshop experience using a personality type test. The goal is to provide participants with the skills to:

  • understand human behavior
  • uncover motivators specific to each temperament
  • improve communication with others
  • From the very beginning, participants begin to see the world from a new perspective…and have fun doing it!

Business Etiquette Luncheon

REACH students along with young professionals attended the etiquette luncheon to learn proper table manners that will build their professional skills and help them in future careers.

Mysterious Escape Room Challenge

REACH students met over the summer to participate in a teambuilding escape room challenge. Students worked together to problem solve and mystery solve.

Scheduled REACH Student Immersion Event.

Details: This portion of the REACH Program is designed to provide students training and experiences that go beyond academics. The REACH program already focuses on work ready soft skills, life skills, and personal character. The immersion exposes students to business and industry to round out the workplace experience. REACH students learn and experience first hand the necessary workplace skills they will need in a business setting. See our REACH Photo Gallery for Host Business information and onsite photos. Contact meg@mkgroupconsulting.com to learn more about hosting REACH students at your business during one of our fantastic immersions!

Scheduled REACH Student Immersion Event.

Details: This portion of the REACH Program is designed to provide students training and experiences that go beyond academics. The REACH program already focuses on work ready soft skills, life skills, and personal character. The immersion exposes students to business and industry to round out the workplace experience. REACH students learn and experience first hand the necessary workplace skills they will need in a business setting. See our REACH Photo Gallery for Host Business information and onsite photos. Contact meg@mkgroupconsulting.com to learn more about hosting REACH students at your business during one of our fantastic immersions!

Scheduled REACH Student Immersion Event.

Details: This portion of the REACH Program is designed to provide students training and experiences that go beyond academics. The REACH program already focuses on work ready soft skills, life skills, and personal character. The immersion exposes students to business and industry to round out the workplace experience. REACH students learn and experience first hand the necessary workplace skills they will need in a business setting. See our REACH Photo Gallery for Host Business information and onsite photos. Contact meg@mkgroupconsulting.com to learn more about hosting REACH students at your business during one of our fantastic immersions!

We’re thankful for another great group of Immersion Host Businesses:  Benchmark Electronics, Fastenal Company, WS Packaging, Knitcraft Corporation, and Thern. Our students had some great experiences onsite!

Thank you to our January REACH Host Businesses: Winona Sign and Design, Miller Ingenuity, Peerless Industrial Group, Watlow, and CPI.  Students were able to experience a variety of hands on activities and made great contacts at local manufacturers.

The Gilbert Brown Foundation’s mission is service youth in an environment that promotes structure and life skills awareness, by introducing team building skills and promoting diversity in the community.

Gilbert grew up in Detroit, Michigan and back in high school, he never looked at big-time football factories such as Michigan

Gilbert was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft (79th overall pick). The Green Bay Packers were desperate for defensive lineman and picked him up on August 31, 1993.

Brown became a fan favorite, partly because he was easy to spot, and partly because of his eccentric “Gravedigger” celebration.

He had played 125 Packers games (103 starts) with 292 tackles (186 solo) and seven sacks. He also played in 15 Packers playoff games. In franchise history, only Brett Favre (22) has more.

On December 11, 2007, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame announced that Gilbert, along with Al Treml and Frank Winters, would be inducted into the Hall at the 38th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, which was held on July 19, 2008, in the Atrium of Lambeau Field in Green Bay

The Challenge Ropes Course – located on the Winona campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – provides a unique and fun environment for experiential and adventure-based education. Diverse populations can participate in activities designed to build self-confidence and teamwork, as well as develop an understanding of the complexities of human nature through the use of a wide variety of elements and initiatives.

The course includes low challenge elements that are 2 to 3 feet above the ground, and high challenge elements that are 25 to 40 feet above the ground. The low elements course includes a variety of elements, games and initiatives. The high elements course has nine elements, including a zip line. The tower includes a climbing wall with multiple routes for varying skill levels.

REAL Colors Training Class with Katy Smith – Katy Smith has been engaging communities in conversations for more than 25 years. Katy is an educator, a trainer, and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Katy lives and works in Winona, Minnesota

Using Real Colors, people learn to recognize, accept and value the differences in others while improving understanding, empathy and communication.

Real Colors® is a dynamic workshop experience using a personality type test. The goal is to provide participants with the skills to:

  • understand human behavior
  • uncover motivators specific to each temperament
  • improve communication with others
  • From the very beginning, participants begin to see the world from a new perspective…and have fun doing it!