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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MaryBeth Matzek: St. Norbert rolling out MBA program this fall


By MaryBeth Matzek
When it comes to MBA programs, there's definitely not a shortage for Wisconsin students to choose from. But after doing a careful analysis of the situation – much like a business student may do in an MBA program – St. Norbert College in De Pere is jumping into the market this fall.

Kevin Quinn, dean of the Donald J. Schneider School of Business and Economics at St. Norbert, says the new program fills a need.

"We did ask ourselves, 'does the world need another MBA program?' and the answer was yes. There are programs out there, but we felt something was missing and that we could fill that gap,"

Quinn says. "There's a lot of focus on soft skills and those things that make the difference between a supervisor and a leader."

St. Norbert's program is designed around three types of students: working professionals who may be executives in a few years, clinical healthcare employees looking for more business acumen and professionals looking for a better grasp of supply chains and how what they do fits into the bigger picture.

"With healthcare, we really felt there wasn't any program out there for those who have clinical expertise, but didn't have that business background," Quinn says.

The first class starts this fall and Quinn anticipates about 35 students will enroll. All classes will be held in the evenings. "That's something we heard from the focus groups we did – they wanted evening classes, not something on the weekend," he says. "We've already gotten a great response. People are excited about it."

Current business college faculty as well as some new hires will teach classes and Quinn says local business leaders will also be tapped.

"With this program, we only want to do what makes sense for us and the community. We also wanted to deliver an authentic St. Norbert experience to our students and really want them to be excited when they pull up on campus and arrive for class," he says.

Quinn says the classes will feature a lot of hands-on experiences as well as networking opportunities. "We feel we're training the next generation of Northeast Wisconsin business leaders and there will be a lot of great connections formed," he says.

In putting the program together, Quinn says multiple focus groups and surveys were done to make sure there was a need for another MBA program and how it would be structured. "We really listened to what people had to say as we put the program together," he says.

Sheboygan issues call to "all the single ladies"

The city of Sheboygan has been recognized by DatingAdvice.com as one of the best places in the nation for young millennial women to meet high-quality men.

According to the website, Sheboygan has 1,793 extra single men when comparing demographics of the number of men and women between the ages of 20 and 29. As for those men, they are likely earning higher wages than average since the county's per capita income is seventh highest in the state. The area is also home to several large employers including the Kohler Co. and Acuity insurance, which have many opportunities for both men and women looking to launch and advance their career, the website says.

Sheboygan was the only Upper Midwest city to make the cut of best places to find single men.

Back in the game

Mike Weller, the former president of Miller Electric in Appleton, is the new chief operating officer for Faith Technologies, a Menasha-based electrical, engineering and technology systems contractor. Weller retired from his role with Miller Electric earlier this year after working there more than 30 years. Weller will oversee internal organization processes and infrastructure at Faith Technologies. -- Matzek, a freelance writer and editor, is the owner of 1Bizzy Writer. She has worked in the past as a news editor at Insight Publications and as business editor at the Appleton Post-Crescent.

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