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CCC-Hastings Students Learn, Volunteer

December 05, 2017


Madison Fuehrer and Zach Zimmerman      Zayra Navarete and Sean Alcorn

These Central Community College-Hastings business administration students volunteer at the Hastings Museum. In the first photo, Madison Fuehrer and Zach Zimmerman are constructing papoose carriers. In the second photo, Zayra Navarete and Sean Alcorn show off the adornments they made. (Photos courtesy of Laura Bulas)


A Native American Dancer

Twenty-five students from the business administration, accounting and early childhood education programs at Central Community College-Hastings participated in a service learning project Nov. 16 at the Hastings Museum.

The event was sponsored by Native American Festival.

“This was an exciting educational opportunity that gave our students a chance to engage with Hastings Museum staff professionals, area elementary school children, their teachers and museum members from the community,” said business administration instructor Laura Bulas.

Students were exposed to event planning, which gave them an understanding of one method nonprofits use to market their services. They got practical experience by managing a learning station for the elementary students attending the event. This opportunity exposed students to the Lakota, Pawnee and Kiowa cultures through dance performances, storytelling, a puppet show and the much anticipated Navajo Code Talkers.

Bulas said the college’s involvement in this event began in 2013 after she completed a two-week return-to-industry experience at Hastings Museum with Marketing Director Becky Tideman. It also ties into Bulas’ goal of arranging multicultural service learning opportunities that will broaden students’ understanding of civility, tolerance, acceptance and respect.

“These goals are more likely to be accomplished and valued when students leave their devices in their backpacks and turn their attention to interacting in direct contact relationships,” Bulas said.