Tom Kosel, director of government relations for Globe Education Network (GEN), has been recognized by the Minnesota Career Colleges Association (MCCA) with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Kosel has served as the MCCA Legislative Chair since 2000.
“I am honored to receive such a distinguished award,” says Kosel. “I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work with MCCA, and believe it’s important that all students seeking career-focused education in the state of Minnesota have continued access and choice.”
MCCA is a voluntary organization, and is the voice of career and professional education in Minnesota, representing private post-secondary schools and colleges since 1958. Kosel and the MCCA Legislative Committee advocate on behalf of students, and build positive relationships with legislative and regulatory officials on both the state and federal level. One of their major focuses is ensuring students have access to the Minnesota State Grant Program.
“Tom has inspired all of us at GEN to be more civically engaged, and involved in state and federal issues affecting higher education,” says Jeanne Herrmann, Chief Operating Officer for Globe Education Network. “He epitomizes integrity and character, and we are so grateful for his service and dedication to career colleges.”
In his eight years as director of government relations for Globe Education Network, Kosel has lead Globe University and Minnesota School of Business campuses in their community engagement activities, as well as developed training programs for campus community managers. Kosel has also been instrumental in accomplishing several large scale initiatives, including defeating a bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives to eliminate state grant eligibility for students attending career colleges. He worked with the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) on their grassroots effort to submit comments opposing the first gainful employment rule in 2011, and researched and prepared testimony for Congressman John Kline’s House Education and Workforce Committee.
“Tom is an extremely valued member of our team,” says Jeff Myhre, Chief Executive Officer for Globe Education Network. “He represents not only the interests of our colleges, but all career colleges. He truly cares about our students, and has dedicated his career to ensuring their access and choice for higher education is protected.”
Kosel became involved with MCCA through his father-in-law, Bob Casserly, founder of Minneapolis Drafting School, who was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
“Our job is to show up, speak up and represent students’ needs,” Kosel says. “I’m proud of the work we do to help students achieve their dreams.”