The day after school finished was a busy one for Kimball teachers and staff. After an awards program and breakfast, staff broke into six teams and headed out on a field trip.
Business visits are an opportunity for school staff and community business partners to learn from each other, especially about careers and skills needed for Kimball students. Each team visited one Kimball business and one St. Cloud business.
Kimball businesses included Legacy Building Solutions, Brodin Studios, Kuechle Underground, Harvest Bank, Schiefelbein Farms, and Arnold's Implement. Jay Klein, a participant of the Harvest Bank tour said, "Barry Belknap did a great job explaining the banking business and all of the different career opportunities for students looking into business careers." At Kuechle Underground, teacher Mary Bernardy said the team learned about the importance of being able to work with other people, and have great communication and math skills. Bernardy said it was stressed that employees showing up on time is "huge" and that an advanced degree is not necessary to get a good paying job. Finally, the team touring Schiefelbein Farms was impressed with the scope of the business, reaching across the United States and also internationally.
The St. Cloud businesses included The Sanctuary: Assisted Living, Cashwise, St. Cloud Fire Department, Microbiologics, Rivers Edge Convention Center, and Paramount Theater. The team touring Microbiologics received a tour from John Niemi and found it fascinating to see first-hand what they do at Microbiologics and the process they go through to create the product they market. At Rivers Edge Convention Center, the message about soft skills was repeated: showing up on time, able to communicate well, and being self-directed and able to keep busy without being told exactly what to do.
Kimball Schools is very thankful for our partnerships within the business community. We seek to train students who are ready for their next adventure, whether it be in the workforce or post-secondary education.