Panel drives JTED staff to new insights
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.