The Reinhard-Mohn-Berufskolleg (RMBK) is a commercial vocational college of economics and administration in Gütersloh. The vocational college offers various courses offering the students different options for their professional and personal future. In the area of full-time classes, courses of education trade school, commercial college, business school and vocational high school are offered. In addition, trainees are taught in the areas of retail, wholesale, office clerks, industrial managers, bankers and lawyer and notary agents. One focus of the school is the European focus, particularly in the commercial high school and in the business school, as many regional companies have strong import and export ties with neighbouring countries. Up to 100 teachers are serving a student body of around 1.800 students.
The city of Gütersloh has about 100,000 inhabitants. Large international companies have their headquarters here and companies such as Miele, Claas, Bertelsmann, Campina and Mestemacher employ around 46,000 people. There are 82 sports clubs registered in the city with almost 25,000 members. The RMBK has a strong focus on establishing healthy lifestyles all across the teacher and student body. Each year, numerous projects are launched, addressing drug prevention, exercise habits, healthy eating habits, cooking skills, grocery shopping and visits to farmers markets and farms. Students go shopping groceries together with nutrition experts and cook/eat together in the school.
Furthermore, each student receives individual body composition diagnosis and individualised training and eating plans. During this school year the school engaged the students to participate in a German wide project called: “Schule ohne Rassismus – Schule mit Courage” which means: school without racism – school with courage and gives a lot of room to develop projects related to this topic in school. Two years ago the RMBK took part in an Erasmus project on the topic: 'Hey: Healthy youth'. The pupils worked on presentations on the topic of health and prepared joint sports and nutrition events. At least one class per year takes part in the eTwinning project with changing content. The project is digital only. In addition, the school has introduced one digital class per course this year. The aim is to increase the number of digital classes.
The school carried out several exchanges with France and England in the last years. One of the strengths of our school are our highly motivated colleagues. The school is digitally well equipped. It has 10 computer rooms, two iPad classes and each room is equipped with an active board and beamer. The school has fiber optic connections so that the Internet is fast and reliable. One weakness of our school is the curriculum. The curricula are very full, so there is no time to teach the students how to use the new media in a targeted and healthy way.