Michael Amick, dean of academic and technology services at Central Lakes College, presented at a recent national conference and has been asked to do likewise at another in February.
In St. Louis, at the annual meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Independent Study hosted by Southern Illinois University, Amick's topic was "Bringing Free Web Applications into Online Courses."
The AACIS is a professional association whose goal is to provide professional development and opportunities for interaction among those interested in independent study. Amick plans to lead a group of CLC officials to the annual conference for distance and online learning hosted by the Instructional Technology Council in Portland, Ore., in February. In 2006, Amick was named director of online learning at CLC, where more than 50 online courses per semester and the entire associate's degree are available.
In September, he was named dean of academic and technology services at CLC. He supervises technology services, distance learning and online learning. Amick also has online teaching experience in art. CLC ranked eighth among nearly 200 schools across the country participating in a survey by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges. The survey examined how colleges are deploying technology to streamline operations and better serve students, faculty and staff.
Marco competes in technician competition
Marco Inc. recently competed in the Sharp Information and Imaging Company of America Master Technician Competition.
With more than 3,000 technicians representing about 425 dealerships from all 50 states, the Sharp Master Technician Competition pitted technicians against each other in a series of competitions that tested their knowledge and understanding of Sharp document imaging solutions. Three Marco technicians, David Mattos, Gregg Carlson and Jeff Jones, placed in the top 150 participants, achieving the sharp master technician-superior level. Marco has offices in Brainerd.
Herbaugh joins behavioral health group
STAPLES - Deb Herbaugh, registered nurse, joined Lakewood Health System's Behavioral Health practitioner group.
Herbaugh is a certified clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric and mental health nursing. Herbaugh will primarily focus her time at Lakewood Reflections, Lakewood Health System's Senior Behavioral Health Program.
Before joining Lakewood Health System, Herbaugh practiced as a clinical nurse specialist for 18 years with experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health/chemical dependency settings. Lakewood reported Herbaugh has extensive leadership, management and direct patient experience. She also will see patients at the clinic in Staples.
Gorham named to board of trustees
LITTLE FALLS - Mora entrepreneur Pat Gorham was named to the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees.
Gorham attended the University of Minnesota and earned a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree in 1980 and a master of business administration degree in 1984. After working for companies such as Honeywell and Cessna, he returned to Mora to work in his family's business.
He began by managing a St. Cloud apartment complex built by his father and uncle. Over the next 20 years, he expanded his portfolio to include multiple apartment complexes, started an air charter business and helped manage the family's construction, propane, natural gas and banking companies. He is a principal investor, co-founder and board chairman of Neighborhood National Bank of Alexandria.
Riddle's promotes Brown to store manager
Michael Brown, a native of the Brainerd lakes area, accepted the position of store manager at Riddle's Jewelry in the Westgate Mall.
Brown has more than 25 years of sales and management experience. His credentials include a Gemological Institute of America certificate in diamonds and diamond grading.
Fine Line staff attend training
Kathy Bjork, owner and stylist of The Fine Line Salon and Spa of Brainerd, and Shannon Fanth, the salon manager, recently graduated from the Business Immersion I segment of the Business Program at Bumble and bumble University in New York City.
With them were stylists Jolene Fromm and Jennifer Auvil, who both graduated the Network Educator program and have become the educators of Bumble and bumble hair styles and products at The Fine Line.
BRHSC master electrician retires
Glenn Heller, master electrician at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center, retired after 33 years of state service.
Heller was responsible for all electrical equipment and buildings at the hospital. He is a graduate of the Duluth Technical College and worked for 12 years in the electrical construction industry. He is a member of AFSCME and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union and is also a certified welder. Heller was the master electrician at Moorhead State University for 20 years and taught evening adult education classes in basic electricity. He retired several years ago from the Minnesota Army National Guard with 36 plus years of service. Staff Sgt. Heller was presented the Meritorious Service Award and $1,700 by ret. Gen. John Vessey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for developing an attachment to the M16A2 machine gun. The modification was approved by the U.S. Army Armament Munitions and Chemical Command at Rock Island, Ill. ,and is being used by the U.S. Army worldwide. Heller owns and operates FM Electric of Brainerd.
Cole completes course through CLC
Darwin Cole of Brainerd completed the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association Firstline Supervision course through Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
More than 175 municipal employees have now completed the leadership series.
The utility management program was developed in 1988 and has graduates in MMUA member cities across the state. It is a cooperative effort between MMUA and the Central Lakes College Business and Industry Center to impart leadership skills needed in challenging times. The 68-hour course is offered in four three-day sessions over two years.
Kargel and Erickson gain top honors
Jessica Kargel of Baxter and Trina Erickson of Brainerd received top honors from the lia sophia Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for their outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism, the company announced.
The two earned the honors in their first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing lia sophia with other new advisers.
Tadych joins law firm
Robert Tadych, who grew up in Garrison and graduated from Brainerd High School, joined the law firm of Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik of Roseville as an associate attorney practicing in the area of Social Security disability law.
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