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Faculty Profile: Carol Gottuso

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Business Management and Entrepreneurship Instructor

Carol Gottuso

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Who: Carol Gottuso

Academic Program: Business

Classes taught: Principles of Marketing, Principles of Management, Introduction to Business and International Business

Hobbies: Landscaping and gardening, being a soccer mom, being outdoors

"The most rewarding part about my job is when there is some clear evidence that the students understand," said Gottuso. "The look on their face—they understand. It´s rewarding because I made a difference that day."

Some people know they want to be teachers at an early age. Others take more of an indirect path to reach their teaching destination. MCC instructor Carol Gottuso took the indirect path.

Gottuso first started teaching at Wichita State after years of marketing for a corporation. "I left corporate America to start teaching," said Gottuso. "I had a family and had always wanted to teach. It was perfect timing."

Some twists and turns in the road of life brought her from Kansas to Omaha. The move to Omaha brought her nearer to her family and also dropped her back in corporate America. After 5-6 more years of corporate experience, Gottuso came across a full-time teaching position at MCC. "I had a really strong desire to teach again, but full-time teaching positions are few and far between." She jumped at the chance.

Gottuso recognized the value of her corporate experience. "I´m glad that I had the path I did," said Gottuso. "I didn´t plan it that way but working in between teaching was a benefit."

In addition to teaching students the ins and outs of business, Gottuso has been a driving force for a strong international business program at MCC. Last fall, she and a student had the opportunity to visit a sister school in Germany as a part of a grant-funded international business pilot course. Gottuso hopes there will be more courses and trips like this because of the importance of international business in society.

"International business, because of our environment, is just as critical to have some exposure as it is to have accounting, finance, etc.," said Gottuso. "The business toolbox is incomplete without at least one international class for a broad perspective."

From her career path to her passion for international business, Gottuso still knows it´s the students that make her job worthwhile. "The most rewarding part about my job is when there is some clear evidence that the students understand," said Gottuso. "The look on their face—they understand. It´s rewarding because I made a difference that day."

 
 
 
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