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CMU student practicum at MC Canada


May 31, 2004
- by Dan Dyck


Winnipeg, Man.— Annemarie Plenert of Dawson Creek, BC, is a Canadian Mennonite University student with a passion for words and her Macintosh computer.

Plenert is combining her passions in an “intensive” student practicum, helping to write and edit news stories and web site content for the communications department of Mennonite Church Canada. “Intensive” in this case means that she will be working 20 hours per week for 12 weeks.

An English major, Plenert hopes that the practicum will prepare her for future career opportunities, whatever they may be. “Doing this kind of writing will give me good experience that I couldn’t get in class. I think that learning how to write this way be valuable no matter what I end up doing.”

Back home in Dawson Creek, Plenert attends the Northgate Mennonite Brethren church. In her practicum she will immerse herself in getting to know Mennonite Church Canada with its many faces and facets. “I am impressed with the way the office has the same feeling of community as the church. That makes for a very hospitable work environment,” said Plenert.

Her assignment will culminate with extensive writing duties for the daily news sheet at the MC Canada annual assembly in Winkler, Man. (July 7-11). Plenert has never been able to attend an assembly before, so this will be a new experience for her. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the church works on a national conference level,” she says.

Werner Kliewer, Director of Practica at CMU, said that eleven CMU students have gained direct experience through MC Canada ministries since 2001. Three more will begin international placements this fall. Kliewer says the relationship of the school and denomination provide a good opportunity for young people to explore the inner workings of the church at a national level, while gaining practical experience they will be able to use in future workplaces.

“MC Canada provides a wonderful support structure for students for experience-based learning in the context of a church environment. And since MC Canada is also one of CMU's owners, this is a great short and hopefully long-term connection to make for our students,” said Kliewer.