Minot State University will honor 20 graduates in two programs in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. July 27.
Fourteen students from the Job Corps Executive Management Program and six students from the Intercultural Cohort Program will earn a master of science degree. A reception will immediately follow the event.
The guest speakers this year, Cadd Rosborough and Martin Dahl, represent alumni of the first cohort in both groups. Rosborough, a fellow in the inaugural management cohort, came to the program as the business community liaison at the St. Louis Job Corps Center. She presently serves as center director at the Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center in Tucson, Ariz. Dahl enrolled in the first Intercultural Cohort group in 2007. He joined 15 students from China, two from East India and nine domestic students. He is the McLean Electric Cooperative's chief executive officer and general manager.
Minot State University and Job Corps collaborated to create the management program, the nation's only program of its kind. The 2011 graduating class is the program's 10th 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 N.D. Sen. Byron Dorgan funds the management program.
"This is another excellent year. The students have formed a bond that will last their entire Job Corps careers and their lives," said Lorraine Willoughby, management program director and business information technology professor. "These fellows not only survived the course work but also survived the historic Mouse River flood. This is a testament to their determination to not let anything stop them from succeeding. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to share MSU, the College of Business and North Dakota with this excellent group of fellows."
In the Intercultural Cohort's on-campus version of the master of science in the Job Corps Executive 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 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, Intercultural Cohort director and Department of Business Administration chair. "Both groups have grown from the experience and learned about each other's cultures."
2011 Job Corps Executive Management Program fellows in the master of science in management are:
Christopher Allen; San Jose, Calif., San Jose Job Corps Center
Sarah Bossie; Caribou, Maine, Loring Job Corps Center
Amy Briggs; Roswell, N.M., Roswell Job Corps Center
Laura Goldie; Grand Junction, Colo., Colorado/Wyoming OA/CTS
Peter McCarthy; Newport, Ore., Angell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
Thomas Piper; Lamar, Colo., Albuquerque Job Corps Center
Kathryn Quin-Easter, Caribou, Maine, Loring Job Corps Center
Amy Ralph, Minot, Quentin N. Burdick Job Corps Center
Scott Scifres, Laona, Wis., Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
Todd Skocki; York, Pa., Woodstock Job Corps Center
Cassie Thompson; Ham Lake, Minn., Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center
Ashley Willey; Ogden, Utah, Weber Basin Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
2011 Job Corps Executive Management Program fellows in the master of science in information systems include:
Michael Jones; Antigo, Wis., Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
Agrein Otis; Detroit, Detroit Job Corps
Graduates of Intercultural Cohort in the master of science in management are:
Ashley Henry; Malta, Mont.
Aymone Kouame; Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Doriane Kouame; Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Michael O'Dwyer; Innisfail, Alb.
Ogochukwu Udekwe; Minot
Jonelle Watson, Minot