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FBLA students learn from mentors

Jan 27, 2014
PHOTO SUBMITTED Fairfield High School students, from left, Holly Harward, Drew Stever and Jordan Reid listen to advice from David Eastburn of Iowa State Bank and Trust Company during FBLA Mentor Night Jan. 7 in the FHS Commons.

The Fairfield Future Business Leaders of America organization held its first Speed-Networking Mentor Night Jan. 7 in the Fairfield High School Commons through the efforts of the Friends of FBLA, the community and the student members.

The Friends of FBLA piloted the idea to use the speed-networking format ­— with seven-minute rotations of students through the various mentor tables.

Eighteen mentors attended, as well as 41 FBLA members. Mentors included representatives from Edward Jones; Hy-Vee; Farm Bureau; Agri-Industrial Plastics; Temp Associates; Maharishi University of Management MBA program; Foss, Kuiken, and Cochran; Iowa State Bank and Trust Company; and the Jefferson County Health Center.

Other businesses represented were: The Sky Factory, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Hill Phoenix, Indian Hills Community College and Dexter Laundry.

The Friends of FBLA planning committee members attending included: Lori Mueller, Andy Mueller and Joe Goudy.

In addition, the FHS business department’s student teacher Dane Dickinson and advisor Diane Goudy also helped facilitate the mentor night.

Also attending the event were co-chairwomen Joanne Hietpas and Michele Greiner, who said, “Once again, the Fairfield community showed strong support for our youth.”

FBLA member and club reporter, Holly Harward said, “Local employers, managers, presidents, engineers and accountants came and told the students about their career and how it requires good business ethics. The mentors also asked the students about their future career plans. Students learned how having a background in business will help them in any career they choose. The event was educational, yet fun, for students and mentors alike. FBLA thanks all mentors for coming.”

Based on feedback, the overall rating of the evening was very high. Friends of FBLA are considering making this an annual event.

To become part of the Friends of FBLA group and/or help mentor members, contact Hietpas or Greiner or email diane.goudy@fairfieldsfuture.org

The next activity FBLA is planning is its annual Pasta Night from 4:30-8 p.m. Feb. 7 in the FHS Commons. The public is invited.

Proceeds will be used for the State Leadership Conference in late March.


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