MSU to host JCEMP and InC graduation celebration
In a dual graduation celebration, Minot State University will honor 16 graduates in two programs in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall Wednesday (July 25), 2-4 p.m. Six students from the Job Corps Executive Management Program and 10 students from the Intercultural Cohort Program will earn a Master of Science degree. A reception will immediately follow the event.
This year's guest speakers, Sally Rieger and Jason Trainer, represent alumni of both groups.
Rieger, a 2009 JCEMP fellow and a 10-year Job Corps veteran, came to the program as the human resource manager at Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center in Tucson, Ariz. She presently serves as administrative services director at the Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center, overseeing six areas of responsibility.
Trainer graduated in the 2008 InC cohort. He joined 15 students from China, two from India, one from Canada and seven domestic students. He is Northland Community and Technical College's marketing and communications director in Grand Forks and an MSU management adjunct. Currently, he is studying for a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota.
Minot State and Job Corps collaborated to create the JCEMP, the nation's only program of its kind. The 2012 graduating class is the program's 11th group of junior to mid-level Job Corps managers who aspire to be center directors; they come from Job Corps Centers across the country. They will possess master's degrees in management or information systems. A U.S. Department of Labor earmark sponsored by former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan funds the JCEMP.
"I am continually impressed with the quality of the students and their dedication to their studies, while they continue to work full time at their respective Job Corps Centers. These students are now poised to move into senior management positions as they continue to support at-risk youth." said Lorraine Willoughby, JCEMP director and Department of Business Information Technology chair. In the InC's on-campus version of the Master of Science in management program, students complete a 12 or 24-month program of study, taking one or two eight-week courses at a time. Students are required to complete applied research projects; most do so in intercultural teams. This gives them an opportunity to learn more about each other's cultures and business practices.
"The International Cohort Program has been a wonderful opportunity for the American students to interact with our international students," said Gary Ross, InC director and Department of Business Administration chair. "Both groups have grown from the experience and learned about each other's cultures."
2012 JCEMP fellows in the Master of Science in management are:
- Mary (Mae) Heins; Chicago, CHP International Inc.
- Cindy Madrid; Mammoth, Ariz., Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center
- Richard Wallace; St. Petersburg, Fla., Pinellas County Job Corps Center
- Christine Rudolph, Union City, Ga., Cornerstone Solutions, Inc.
2011 JCEMP fellows in the Master of Science in information systems include:
- Vahan Bogosian; Kenmore, Wash., NW Desi
- Zena Foster; Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville Job Corps Centers
Graduates of InC in the Master of Science in management are:
- Aryn Arndt; Minot
- Kai Chen; Xinmi, China
- Benjamin Edwards; Carlyle, Saskatchewan
- Jordan Kannianen; Stanley
- Filiz McNamara; Adana, Turkey
- Nicole Messamer; Russell, Iowa
- Koco Nzi; Abidjan, Cote D'ivoire
- Sharon Seidl; Ft. Pierce, Fla.
- Vicki Troftgruben; Ely, Minn.
- Kristin Wood; Mohall