May 19, 2015

Three former Raiders invited into NFL training camps

Three former Central Lakes College Raiders have been invited into NFL training camps.
They are:
· Frank Mays, CLC Defensive End 2010-11 (All-American in 2011), from Bemidji.
· Stoney Burns, CLC Cornerback 2010 (All-American in 2010), from Orlando, Fla.
· Robert Howell, CLC Defensive Tackle 2010-11, from Minneapolis.
“It is exciting to see graduates of Central Lakes College and the Raider Football Program continue to pursue their dreams of professional football with such great success,” said Greg Medeck, head football coach at CLC. “These young men have elevated their athletic careers to the highest level and each began their journey here at CLC.”

"Bedroom Farce" theatre auditions May 27

Auditions for the CLCPAC Summer Theatre production of the British comedy "Bedroom Farce" will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
The play calls for four men and four women, ranging in age from 20-ish to 60-ish, according to director Patrick Spradlin. The audition will consist of readings from the script.
Bedroom Farce is a comedy by Britain's premier comic playwright, Alan Ayckbourn. The play takes place during one evening, but in three separate bedrooms in three separate houses (thus the title). A housewarming party at one couple's home is sabotaged by the high-drama bickering of another couple, who leave the party and take their individual angst into the homes of two other couples. The play is considered one of the finest comedies of the modern era.

May 18, 2015

CLC alumni spotlight: Ashley Hendricks

Ashley Hendricks started at Central Lakes College as a PSEO student during her senior year of high school in Brainerd. 
That was when she first heard about the college’s Nursing Program. 
“I made my choice to go to Central Lakes College based on the remarks of other students and affordability,” she said. 
After graduating from CLC with her Associates Degree in Nursing, Hendricks finished her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. 
“I am thankful I had my two-year RN degree and was able to start working immediately while finishing my four-year degree,” she said. “I gained great experience while actively working in my field, and this was very beneficial while completing my four-year degree.”
Hendricks’ first job in nursing was at Essentia Health, where she worked in general medical, surgical and telemetry units. 

May 14, 2015

Auto mechanics students receive ASE Student Certification

Thirteen Central Lakes College auto mechanics students received their ASE Student Certification.
Having completed the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) test will help students stand out when interviewing with potential future employers, said CLC auto mechanics instructor Ray Johnson.
Students are: Sam Anderson, Little Falls; Daniel Anderson, Little Falls; Alexander Dalgarno, Brainerd; Patrick Davison, Lino Lakes; Daniel Ehnert, Sebeka; Michael Garson, Babbitt; Hannah Hess, Staples; Linnea Kasper, Little Falls; Joshua Leikvoll, Garrison; Patrick Peterson, Deerwood; Tyler Reem, Brainerd; Joshua Steinke, Sebeka; Andrew Young, Brainerd.
The CLC Auto Mechanics Program is a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited program.

Student: Honors Program was challenging, rewarding

Pine River-Backus High School senior Mandy Fontenot has always liked a challenge.
It’s why she’s graduating this spring from both high school and Central Lakes College with her A.A. Degree.
It’s why she was named one of CLC’s graduation speakers. 
And it’s why she decided to join the Honors Program, which was revitalized this year at the college, when she chose CLC. 
The Pine River teenager has always liked the idea of questioning, analyzing everything.
So when CLC English instructor and Honors Program Coordinator Adam Marcotte invited Fontenot to check out the Honors Program, she jumped at the opportunity. 
“The classes aren’t harder. They focus on conversations deeper than other classes,” she said. “It’s not all surface-level thinking. It’s questioning ideas versus just covering them.”
Plus Fontenot liked the teachers and wanted that extra challenge. 

May 13, 2015

English instructor's course receives quality destinction

Central Lakes College instructor Julie Austin’s World Literature class was recognized as QM certified by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative. 
Austin’s course is one of 243 higher education courses nationwide to be given the honor this year by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative, an organization that uses peer review of online or blended courses for Quality Matters (QM) recognition. 
Each of the recognized courses has been formally reviewed in a rigorous peer review process and meets Quality Matters standards. Each faculty member has received a certificate and a QM seal to display on their course materials. 
This is Austin’s second course to receive the QM certification. Her first was Composition II in 2014. 

May 12, 2015

CLC's AME Alliance wins top honor

The Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) Alliance was awarded the Exemplary Program Award from the Minnesota Council for Continuing Education and Customized Training (MnCCECT).
The award was given at a ceremony Friday at the MnCCECT conference held at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.
The AME Alliance was chosen for the honor because of its mediated telepresence courses, which provide credit-bearing courses through the customized training divisions of its schools. 
It also provides career paths for those looking to develop skills and earn college credits that stack into longer-term programs of study.