Thursday, March 30, 2006

Comments from Schoolcraft Community College Advisory Committee

“Preparing Employers and Workers for a 21st Century Economy”

What are the major trends will industry cluster/employer groupexperience over the next five to 10 years?

  • Intranets – Instant message are common place
  • Department communities on line as we well as physical
  • Use of “BLOGS” in Business
  • Mind Maps vs. Strategic Plans
  • Network Centric Solutions™

What will your industry cluster/employer group (Advisory Group) need to do to respond?

  • Train to use tools and apply in business environment
  • Publish via internet
  • More applied knowledge
  • Find time to retrain and need to motivate learning

What kind of workforce will your industry cluster/employer group need to respond?

  • Motivated to learn
  • Applied experience
  • Flexibility
  • Problem Solver
  • Passion / Commitment

How would you characterize the condition of the current labor pool?

  • Short sighted
  • Lack of creativity
  • Lack survival skills
  • Inflexible
  • No “Specialization with passion”
  • Someone else has answer
  • Fear of change
  • Fear of being wrong
  • Value of being wrong

What can your industry cluster/employer do to help the college and faculty realign academic programs and services to appropriately prepare the workforce that will be needed by your industry cluster/employer group?

  • Internships/Labs
  • Program Level application
  • Service Learning
  • Fieldtrip/job shadow
  • Mentor/Mentee
  • “Just in time” learning

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