The Central Lakes College (CLC) Foundation and Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund announced the completion of service by Americorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) member Angela Brown.
Brown has been a member of the Initiative Foundation’s Central Minnesota VISTA project since August of 2011 and will complete her service with CLC and the Women’s Fund on Thursday.
With the Women’s Fund, Brown built capacity for the Presenting Yourself program, a five-part workshop series offered to 20 college women each year to empower women with skills for success in their careers and education, by creating orientation and volunteer manuals and materials for the program.
She advocated for and helped secure professional opportunities for the graduates of the program — including a paid, marketing video opportunity for Toy Sullivan-McRae, and internship grants from the Women’s Fund to CLC students Sullivan-McRae, Lucia Staples, and Megan O’Neill.
She facilitated the hiring of 2012 CLC honors graduate Julie Jo Larson to take over as program coordinator for the fall and spring Presenting Yourself series. Larson is enrolled for her undergraduate work through the College of St. Scholastica and its Brainerd-based partnership with CLC.
Brown collaborated with area businesses, the Workforce Center, Bridges Career Academies, and the administration and faculty at CLC to develop tools for faculty and employers to create new internship and job shadow opportunities – including her instrumental role in the college’s purchase of NACElink, a software program to serve as a portal for employers to post internships and job opportunities.
Brown has accepted a VISTA Leader post with St. Paul to work on mayoral education priorities there.
Larson, the new Presenting Yourself coordinator at CLC, maintained a 4.0 grade point average as a student in the new honors associate in arts degree program. She was president of the Upsilon Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and tutored other students in several academic areas.
She was named to the 2012 All-Minnesota Academic Team and awarded several scholarships for her achievement and leadership efforts.
She is one of just three college students in the state to receive a Minnesota TRiO scholarship of $1,000. TRiO is the student support service for first-generation and other qualifying students that aims to ensure fulfillment of educational goals.