Published December 19, 2013 in the Metropolitan Community College faculty newsletter, "Inside Story." Republished with permission.
Beta Delta chapter held
its annual induction ceremony Dec. 12, welcoming 20 new members to the
international honor society for students pursuing associate degrees in business
management, marketing and administration. To be eligible for membership,
students must have at least 24 credit hours and a 3.5 GPA.
Honorary inductee Nancy Livingston, director of
family development services at Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership,
gave the keynote address, detailing her involvement in Kappa Beta Delta’s
leadership project. Through a partnership with ENCAP,
students developed a market analysis, business plan and budget for a new North
Omaha initiative: Mini-Pros, which doubles as an after-school program and
screen printing business.
Mini-Pros supports part-time employment for at-risk
youth, promoting creativity and entrepreneurial acumen. Kappa Beta Delta
participants were able to flex their teamwork, communication and
problem-solving skills and launch a business from the ground up. "Students now
have a compelling story to tell during a job interview,” said David Wilhelm,
faculty advisor and business management instructor. Students also earned course
credit and a $1,000 stipend, made possible by an MCC Foundation Inspiring
Kappa Beta Delta (Phi chapter) was established
at MCC in 1999 and has more than 350 lifetime members. The organization
encourages and promotes personal and professional improvement and a life
distinguished by honorable service to humankind.