Session 5– Glencoe
GSL schools in Glencoe hosted the first program day of 2022. To start the day, Coborn’s in Glencoe donated breakfast and coffee for the group to enjoy in the community room of GSL. Mark Larson, the city administrator for the city of Glencoe came and spoke about upcoming projects for the town. Mr. Larson is the first and only administrator for the city. He has served in this role for 32 years.
Bridging Generations in McLeod County
Catie Rasmussen brought an interesting topic of bridging generations in McLeod County to our January program session. Interestingly, the comments received from our group stated this was the most interesting education piece so far! One of the biggest take-aways was that Socrates was documented stating how younger people were lazy and bothersome. Younger generations have frustrated older generations for centuries!
Understanding things that influenced the generations is an important piece to getting along with others. Some of the activities completed show cased what important events, advice, and technology shaped their growth. This offered some clarity to why individuals are the way they are. By bridging the generations across McLeod County, we can increase our ability to understand and work with each other.
A unique piece to this month’s session involved chatting with high school students about our careers, their career goals, and our career stories. This was a fast-paced exercise but was incredibly rewarding.
Every five-minutes students swapped seats to learn about new career paths, opportunities and ideas. Personally, I spoke with so many highly motivated and intelligent students! It was incredible to see the passion spark in their eyes while they discussed their goals. This was a great exercise to bridge generations.
Twin Cities & Western Railroad
The first tour was at Twin Cities & Western Railroad in Glencoe. A long-time supporter of McLeod For Tomorrow, TCW sends employees through our program nearly every year. TCW offers a lot of extended training options for their employees. They have a process for career advancement and education.
Not only did we get to see their facility and workshop, watch an informative video, and we also got to take a ride on a locomotive. This was a highlight for the day for most of our participants. Surprisingly, the train ride was a lot smoother than expected. Andy, one of this year’s participants, was the engineer who gave us a ride.
The final tour concluded at Fahey Auctions. This tour was incredibly interesting to see how far Fahey has shipped in the past and how big of a company they are! While the company was recently purchased by a larger auction business, they plan to keep the Fahey name at the Glencoe location. Business will mostly proceed as it always has.
Coming soon, Fahey Auctions will be having their Turf sale. This is full of lawnmowers, weed whips, and other lawn and garden supplies. The auction usually has 1,200 or more items. You can bid on these items online as well as in person. Check out their website here.
Finally, you can come to Fahey anytime 9-5, Monday-Friday to check out the items that are on auction. Even get the keys for a vehicle to make sure it shifts into gear and will turn on. No test drives are allowed due to insurance reasons, but they try to accurately portray items to the best of their ability.
We look forward to what February brings for our cohort!
Catch up on December’s program day here.