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Panel drives JTED staff to new insights

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Mountain Institute JTED staff ask questions during the skills training.

Courtesy photo<br> Mountain Institute JTED staff ask questions during the skills training.

Staff and management of Mountain Institute JTED (MIJTED) hosted a panel discussion with seven industry experts to discuss the skills proficiency of students transitioning into the workforce.

MIJTED staff gained great insight from the industry representatives: Glenn Gooding, Business Management Consultant; Michael Taylor, Michael Taylor Architects, Inc.; Dave Smucker, Prescott Unified Schools; Kevin Calia, Backburner Family Restaurant; Laura Hamblin, Yavapai Regional Medical Center; Mike Olsen, Olsen's Grain; and Amanda Furrer, Yampa Precision. The discussion was facilitated by Dr. Stuart Blacklaw, VP of Instruction and Student Services at Yavapai College.

The panel fielded a range of queries from MIJTED personnel, and offered a range of valuable insights. For example:

• In interviews, students need to understand the process of behavioral interviewing, the mission and vision of each organization, and the importance of social-media etiquette.

• There is a connection between the education of the potential employee, and the skill set which that candidate can bring to the organization.

• Students must develop both the ability and the desire to communicate; demonstrate qualities of leadership and teamwork; have a keen willingness to learn and overcome mistakes.

• Students also need to be prepared for the fast pace and pressure of the modern workplace, be able to multi task, and develop the sensitivity for conflict resolution.

• All participants noted a direct correlation between the quality of the school setting and the ability of students to transition into the workforce.

MIJTED's instructional staff is working with fellow educators, organized by content-area teams, to incorporate the panel's contributions into their curriculum for 2014-15 classes.

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