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Shirley Blake

COO / Director of Student Services

Favorite Thoughts:
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
-Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
Shirley is a focused individual; she understands the employment economy and the challenges that students face as learners of all ages. Her goal is to proactively engage DTI students and alumni in the task of bettering their resumes and professional presentation. She’s always ready to help students individually when they are finding their way in the job market or getting ready for interviews. The position represents a coalescence of her skills and experience. A longstanding member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Shirley has also served on the Board of Appeals and Tax Equalization in the Office of the County Assessor in Mower County, Minnesota, and she’s been an event and fundraising organizer for private schools and other organizations.
Most of Shirley’s professional life has been spent in managing workflows, including projects in business and the educational, media, and non-profit sectors. Because of her varied background, along with her management experience, she also brings marketing and fundraising expertise to her work with DTI.
She and her husband have raised five children, and are the proud grandparents of eleven. She is never without a cup of black coffee at hand; She and husband have been married for many years, and have made their life together in numerous states.

Degrees and Certifications
American Heart Association BLS CPR/AED for health care providers 2015
Career Services Training, California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, 2013
Nutritional Values and Safe-handling, Hormel Foods, 2011
Workplace Safety Course, OSHA, 2011
Leadership Professional, Riverland Community College, Austin, MN, 2009
Advanced Program in HR Management, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 2007
Technical HR, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 1993
Artesia High School Graduate 1977
National Kidney foundation, Team Captain “DTI Friends & Family” Since 2012
Member, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), since 2009
Committee member, Best of the Best Presenters, Hormel Award, Austin MN 2003
Volunteer for Annual Action Events, Austin MN 1995-2011
Fundraiser Events for Knights of Columbus, Austin MN 1996-1998