Leadership Mitchell County 18 tours Beloit businesses

BELOIT – The Leadership Mitchell County Class 18 toured the North Central Kansas Technical College for the Health Care and Education Session on Tuesday Jan. 9. The leadership skills discussed during the session were Communication (verbal and non-verbal) and Intervening Skillfully.

The LMC kicked off the day with a health panel for a Q&A and discussion on a wide range of topics. A lot of the discussion was around the Affordable Care Act and how that has affected those that are living in or around rural areas. Also discussed were: regulations, need for skilled labor, flex accounts and health savings accounts, and prevention being the key to obtaining good health.

After the health panel Lori May (director) gave the class a tour of the Wellness Center. She gave a tour of the facility, and gave the group a little bit of history of the Wellness Center. She also discussed the classes offered, training offerings, and hours of operation.  The hours have expanded which has given the members more options to get their workout in while trying to balance work and kids activities. 

After lunch, the education panel that included administrators from Tipton, St Johns, Beloit, Jr/Sr High, Lakeside, and North Central Technical College, discussed about the different challenges/advantages to their particular school. Another popular topic was on funding. The panel talked about how this has changed over the years, and dealing with the way the funds are distributed.  Another topic that was covered a lot was technology, both the positive and negative sides.

After the education panel, Eric Burks (NCK Tech President) gave the class a tour of the campus and how it has changed from being a Vo-Tech to a college. He also talked about how successful the graduates of the college are, with most starting off with a very nice salary in their very first job. 

From the college, the class toured the Mitchell County Hospital with CEO Jeremy Armstrong.

The last stop was Hilltop Lodge where Administrator Brad Heidrick gave a tour of the facilities while talking about how different Hilltop Lodge is to the traditional nursing home. They offer multiple levels of care for the residents. Brad also discussed the history of the business and how they got to where they are today.

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