I wanted to share about a new opportunity we are working on for our students.Murray County Central (MCC), Fulda Public Schools (FPS), and Murray County Medical, Center (MCMC) have been undergoing talks to partner together in order to offer an Introduction to Medical Careers course for the 2019 fall semester.According to a recent survey, 45% of MCC students indicated they would be interested in taking a Medical Careers Course to learn more about job opportunities in the medical field.This course would provide students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers in an assortment of medical/healthcare settings.Students would have the chance to see if a career in medical/health science is right for them; and if they determine they have an interest, it could help them narrow down the possible careers they might consider.Students would participate in an in-depth study of and be exposed to medical/health science careers, universal medical skills, career planning, employability skills, basic terminology, ethics, wellness, and disease and safety.
Job prospects for students entering the health care profession are promising.According to the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development for Region 8 of southwest MN, there were 235 documented job vacancies in “Healthcare Practitioners and Technical” and 172 documented vacancies in “Healthcare Support” during the 4th quarter of 2017.It is important for students to know about the different options that are out there so they can make an informed decision.
The model for this partnership is unique in that it will offer a collaboration between two school districts (MCC and FPS) and a business partner (MCMC).The course will be a 1 credit class that, in addition to high school credit, can be articulated for college credit.The teacher willtravel to each community for this course.Students will have class at MCMC in Slayton or at the MCMC clinic in Fulda.We have found that student interest is generally higher when they do not have to travel.Students will have class with the instructor 2 days a week and then have 3 days of online learning in each location.
At this time, we are in the process of writing a Launch Your Future Today (LYFT) grant to fund this class, and offering this class is dependent upon grant approval.The Minnesota legislature allocated 3 million dollars in grant money that is available to schools for the expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.Launch Your Future Today is a rural CTE pathway initiative with the purpose of rebuilding CTE in the 18 county service region of southwest and west central Minnesota. The goal of LYFT Pathways is for every secondary student in the region to gain marketable skills through meaningful CTE opportunities that lead to further education and careers that match our region’s labor market needs.
We are very excited to continue providing cutting edge programming for the students of Murray County.This is a unique and relevant opportunity available to next year’s Juniors and Seniors of Murray County Central and Fulda Public Schools.Thank you to Murray County Medical Center for being willing to partner with us to provide this great opportunity for our students.
Jake Scandrett- MCC HS Principal
What Is A Fair Farm Rental Agreement?
Farmland rent is the largest input cost for producers.Determining a fair farmland rent agreement is a challenge with current low corn and soybean prices.Landowners, producers, and agri-business professionals may wish to attend one of the informative meetings on this topic being held across Minnesota.These free meetings are being provided by University of Minnesota Extension.
In Slayton, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11 in the Murray County 4-H Building on the fairgrounds beginning at 1:30 p.m.First National Bank of Fulda/Slayton is sponsoring afternoon refreshments. The same meeting will be held in Pipestone on Friday, November 30, 9:30 a.m., at the Pipestone County EMS Building, 811 5th St SE.For locations and dates of other rental rate meetings in Minnesota, go to https://z.umn.edu/rentmeetingsor call the office at 507-836-6927.
Negotiating a fair rental agreement that satisfies the landowner and the farmer is a challenge.David Bau and Nathan Hulinsky, Extension Educators in Ag Business Management, will provide several tools to assist with a fair agreement including examples, factsheets, and worksheets.
Topics covered at the meetings will include local historic and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farmland values and sales, and a worksheet that will help determine a fair rental agreement.Input costs for 2018 will be presented along with current 2018 corn and soybean prices.Worksheets will examine 2019 costs, rental rates that are affordable for producers for2019, the rate of return to the landlord at current market values, and examine flexible rental agreements.
Make plans to attend one of these meetings.Attendees will receive take-home worksheets and fact sheets that will help determine a 2019 farmland rental rate that is fair for both the producer and landowner.
By: John Stenen
Paul said in 1 Cor. 1:14 “I thank God I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius.” He then mentions a few others in the household of Stephanas he baptized. Then in verse 17 he says, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.”
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve asked over the past forty years, “How does a person become a Christian?” Far too many answer, “Be good, do good deeds, go to Church, be baptized, don’t drink or smoke, etc. and at the end of life, just hope that the good outweighs the bad and you may make heaven.” Where is Jesus and the cross in all of this?If just doing these things are enough save us, then why did Jesus need to bear all of our sins and die that horrible death on the cross?
Paul answered how we are saved in 1 Cor. 1:21b, “…it pleased God through the foolishness of preaching to save those who BELIEVE. Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “For by GRACE you have been saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves; it is the GIFT of God, NOT OF WORKS lest anyone should boast; For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Good works are to follow our salvation; they do not cause us to be saved.
On his first missionary journey, Paul said to the people in Antioch in Acts 13:38-39, “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man (Jesus) is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
We are saved by first hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we believe it, we then make a decision to change, and surrender our lives to Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord of our lives. We put faith in everything that He did for us on the cross and follow Him by studying His Word and obeying it!
If you read the New Testament where people are converted, (Acts 8for example) water baptism always follows their salvation as they identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.