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Sierra College students gain career insight at the Resort at Squaw Creek

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Students in Sierra Collegeand#8217;s Hospitality Class were inspired when they visited the Resort at Squaw Creek and heard from professionals during a three-hour session packed with information. Shirley Lee Murray, a student in Cat Beningand#8217;s class said: and#8220;It was a great learning experience. Gaining the knowledge of how operations work from a manager’s standpoint is the best way to learn how everything in that field works.and#8221;

Director of the Front Office, Joel Walker, advised students: and#8220;Do everything you do with passion.and#8221; Just five years after taking a front desk job, Walker is the director of the front office, overseeing five departments including valet staff and telecommunications. and#8220;Working at the front desk, you are in the spotlight. It is like being on stage,and#8221; explained Walker. To foster success in other employees, Walker shares his knowledge and experience and promotes upward mobility. He even had great advice for veteran professionals: and#8220;You canand#8217;t bring your work home with you. It wonand#8217;t be good for you and it is hard to come back with a real smile early the next morning.and#8221;

Daphne Haugh, director of Human Resources, encouraged students to take accounting, Spanish, organizational behavior, computer and technology classes. and#8220;Donand#8217;t skip math!and#8221; said Haugh and advised students to take advantage of internships and job opportunities.

Twenty-five-year old Amanda Volf is impressing one bride after another with her attention to detail, professionalism and enthusiasm as the Resortand#8217;s catering manager. Volf began her career as an intern in Recreation (which included a lot of snow shoveling) while she was still in college at Chico State. She jumped at the opportunity for an administrative position in Conference Planning and eight months into her job, the manager position became available and she proved her experience, knowledge of the property and hunger for the job made her the most qualified applicant for the job. She spoke to the students about the importance of interpersonal skills and shared examples of how she communicates with different departments and many people to orchestrate successful events.

Marketing and Public Relations Manager Marc Sapoznik, the voice behind the Resortand#8217;s facebook page, other social media outlets and core messages shared industry trends and reports, marketing knowledge and the value of pursuing education. In describing marketing, Sapoznik said, and#8220;You need to be able to prove that what you are doing mattersand#8221; and shared examples of marketing solutions during the economic downturn as well as the interdepartmental brainstorming meetings and promotions that make his role an interesting and rewarding one.

Murray added, and#8220;They were all so passionate about their careers and inspired me to choose the road I want to go in my personal career choice.and#8221;

Sierra Collegeand#8217;s Tahoe-Truckee campus offers more than 80 classes this spring semester, including academic and career and technical education highlights such as Administration of Justice, Mechatronics, Human Development, Spanish I and II, French, English, Global Positioning, Fire Technology, Photography, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Psychology, Avalanche Safety and Engineering Support Technology’s (EST) Technical Drawing (EST held at North Tahoe High School). Classes are held January through May 2011. Registration begins Nov. 23, 2010. For more information, visit, call 530-550-2225 or visit the campus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 11001 College Trail, Truckee.

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