Just Announced: First Educational Institution Ever to Win Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce Award

Pictured: Darren Noble, Crown College Director of Career Services, and Jeff Filipek, SouthWest Metro Chamber President.

Crown College has won the 2018 Large Business of the Year award as presented by SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The SouthWest Metro includes the surrounding communities of Carver, Chaska, Victoria, and Chanhassen.

Voted on by over 400 business members such as Chapel Hill Academy, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, KleinBank, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the award identifies an active and supportive member of the Chamber of Commerce.

“We often think of Crown College as an educational gem in our community, but it’s cool that our fellow chamber members recognize Crown as an important part of our business community as well,” says Chamber President Jeff Filipek.

A large business needs to employ over 50 people to be considered as an award nominee. As stated on the website: “A winner is a member in good standing with their membership and a member who deserves recognition for their contribution to our community and the Chamber through their time, talent, and treasure.”

“We are the only four-year residential college or university in Carver County,” says Dr. Joel Wiggins, the President of Crown College. “We send nurses, teachers, businesspersons, nonprofit leaders, ministers, and all sorts of well-trained people into the workforce in our region. Crown is educating more students than ever before in our history—including more than 300 high school students taking Post-Secondary Enrollment Option classes through Crown.”

“Every year the students, faculty, and staff at Crown contribute more than 10,000 hours of service to the community,” he says. From volunteering in a local youth group, to picking up litter on a stretch of highway, the Crown community serves in a variety of ways.

“Students in all majors have opportunities to serve their community and be employed in internships and jobs—both during school and after graduation,” adds Darren Noble, Director of Career Services at Crown and representative of the college as a Chamber member. “Nowadays, even though technology and social media are vital, it still comes down to individual relationships and face-to-face interactions. These matter even more in today’s climate, and this award validates the work that has been done.”

For a Christian college–being Christ-centered and wanting to make a difference–supporting and engaging the local community is important.

Crown’s mission to prepare students for a life of service is not only valued by the friends of the college, but also by the surrounding community. It’s a big accomplishment to be recognized as the first educational institution to win the Large Business of the Year award by the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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