Globe University-Minneapolis Students Tour HERC

Written by students Alicia Soriano Zapata and Jamil Primous

Applied learning projects provide students the opportunity to learn hands-on the realities of their field. The Globe University-Minneapolis Professional Communications students and faculty went on a field trip to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC), located behind Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. The field trip and subsequent tour was in conjunction with a student-managed applied learning project that is focused on making enhancements to the Globe University-Minneapolis recycling and waste reduction efforts. The students worked with their instructor, Tom Stoltz, to organize and develop this project to work on throughout the spring term.

Professional Communications students touring the HERC facility

Hosting the tour was Rick Rud, a representative of Covanta Energy. Mr. Rud spoke with the Professional Communications students and staff about his company and how the company co-operates the recovery center with Hennepin County. Mark Zaban, a HERC supervisor, provided the students with a slide presentation on how the plant burns garbage collected throughout Hennepin County to produce enough electricity to serve 25,000 homes in Minneapolis along with Target Field. Information regarding the plant’s history, as well the as the future, were presented during this overview. The students were then suited up with protective gear and led through the plant on a comprehensive tour of the facility.

Tom Stoltz, program chair for the business program, added, “In the process of boosting the students’ awareness of recycling and waste reduction, we had the opportunity to develop a partnership with the Hennepin County Recycling office. In fact, the class is applying for a grant with Hennepin County to purchase recycling accessories for the campus.”

This is another example of how Globe University-Minneapolis takes learning to the next level and provides students with the opportunity to get out of the classroom and see the theories they study in action.