Virginia Corbett

Instructional Design and Development Coordinator, Des Moines Water Works
Johnston, IA, United States

About Virginia

Bio

I am currently in the midst of a mid-life career change. After 23 years in the advertising and marketing business, I returned to the classroom, earning a Masters Degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance from Drake University in 2010. I am now nearly complete with a Specialist Degree with an expected graduation date of May 2012. From there I expect to enter the Drake 2012 Doctoral cohort. Ultimately I hope to teach in higher education and and working toward that goal as an independent consultant. My current project involves developing a succession plan for critical operations within the municipal water production facility Recent projects have involved developing e-learning storyboards on a variety of training topics

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Organazational development

An idea worth spreading

Spend a month volunteering in a homeless shelter. You might learn that no matter what a person has done, they still deserve to be fed. End poverty in your community.

I'm passionate about

Everything I do. Whether I am in class as a student or an instructor, or down in the nether rooms of the underground water treatment plant; I am a learner. Every experience brought me here.

Universities

Drake University

Talk to me about

Social constructions of race, class and gender

People don't know I'm good at

Writing

Comments & conversations

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Virginia Corbett
Posted almost 3 years ago
We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."
Just in the interest of being clear...I believe all benefit from education. Education helps create shared values without which a community cannot exist. But I am not saying that a 4-year University degree is for everyone. One person posted something about welding. You need education to become a welder, which by the way is an honorable and well paying profession. But the contention that post-secondary education--which includes vocational prep study like welding--is not valuable is one I could argue all day. All learning is experiential and all experience creates learning opportunities. It is up to the individual to make the most of the opportunities education makes available.
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Virginia Corbett
Posted almost 3 years ago
We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."
I question the idea that education after high school is over-rated. A HS diploma barely qualifies an individual for menial work. Some type of post-secondary education is necessary to survive in this country...whether it be vo-prep, apprenticeships, or a 2 or 4 year degree program. Not to mention that all learning is experiential in nature and one therefore cannot avoid getting some kind of education. However sometimes it's an education in how to break the law to survive rather than an education designed to improve one's own circumstances as well as those of society.
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Virginia Corbett
Posted almost 3 years ago
We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."
1) Life isn't fair 2) Getting up after falling down can be one of life's greatest accomplishments 3) Everyone can be a leader 4) Anyone can be an agent for change 5) My faith in God will always sustain me 6) People will choose to do right as long as their bellies are full 7) Diversity in race, class and gender make for a stronger culture 8) I am always learning 9) Everyone should seek greater understanding of cultures different than their own 10) There is little difference between success and failure.but the little difference is a BIG difference. The little difference is attitude and the big difference is whether it is positive or negative.