Maranatha Baptist University hosted its Business Breakfast in the Dining Hall on Wednesday, April 9. The University invites men and women from area businesses to campus four times per school year to hear keynote speakers address topics relevant to the business community.
Wednesday’s keynote speaker was Eric Schutt, Chief of Staff for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Breakfast attendees included Watertown Mayor John David and Madison Area Technical College President Dr. Jack Daniels, in addition to forty guests from community businesses.
Schutt’s presentation focused on the “Strategies for Success” Governor Walker has implemented over the last two years to improve workforce development. After Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs for Wisconsin citizens, he executed a plan to lower the unemployment rate by educating individuals in specific skillsets to equip them to find jobs. (For more information on Walker’s program for matching skillsets with jobs, visit http://skillexplorer.wisconsin.gov.)
“It [is] important to create an environment where businesses can grow, thrive, and prosper,” Schutt explained. For businesses to thrive, they must have employees who are capable of doing the jobs they have been hired to do. “Success,” Schutt noted, “is defined by ensuring that every person who wants to work has the opportunity and skills necessary to find a good, family-supporting job.”
Mary Ellen Karl, recruiting specialist for Thrivent Financial of Watertown and first-time breakfast attendee, noted that the breakfast was helpful for her because Schutt chose a “topic [that] was relevant.” She also perceived the importance of “a group of people coming together to be cognizant of the pieces of the puzzle . . . for the [country's] goal of workforce development.”
Many of Maranatha’s business faculty and staff as well as its business students attended the event. “I am able to bring the knowledge learned in my classes to the Business Breakfasts and receive a better understanding of how concepts work in real life,” said sophomore Digital Media Marketing major Jonathan Williquette.
Each Business Breakfast provides Maranatha another opportunity to impact the community by bringing members of area businesses on campus. Maranatha hosts a Business Breakfast twice a semester and plans to offer its next breakfast in September.
Article submitted by Grace Peters