(Dodge County) Recently students of Moraine Park Technical College’s Business Practice Firm made a generous donation to ASTOP. The Business Practice Firm class is a required course for the business-related Associate degree programs and this year, the class developed a Maker Art Gallery business, where in they created homemade arts and crafts to sell on campus. Program students worked together to develop a full business model and manage the marketing, human resources, accounting, and production.
Business practice firm instructor Amy Harmsen says “The Maker Art Gallery inspired creativity.” She goes on to say that “The students worked hard to create different options that would be attractive to a wide variety of people.”
The gallery sold items such as holiday wreaths, spray paint art, hair ribbons, and drawings. On December 20, the students presented ASTOP, a sexual assault service provider that serves Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Waushara counties, with a check for $122, the full proceeds from their gallery.
Harmsen says she is proud of her students, saying, “Not only did the students learn how to run a business, but they also helped to better their community in the process.”