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Employability Skills = Diversity Strategy

As the workforce becomes more and more diverse conflicts among competing work styles and personal preferences can become more prevalent. To be sure this diversity can work in the employees and employers favor, employability skills become more important. The skills of communication, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity become even more important. And understanding how different populations demonstrate these and how they can be assessed becomes more critical for educators and employers. Learn how employers and educators can use these skills to improve their workplace.
Speakers: Leslie Beller, MHA labs; Bernie Trilling, 21st Century Learning Advisors; Mary V. L. Wright, Jobs for the Future

Exploring Careers through Community Engagement [VIDEO]

Research shows that young people are more likely to be engaged with career exploration if it is student-centered and paired with skill-building activities. Directly aligned to this approach, South Brooklyn Community High School (SBCHS) has developed a year long career pathway exploration experience for students that utilizes key elements of personalization; community engagement; and technology. SBCHS staff, students, and partners will discuss with attendees how the school leveraged two seemingly disparate activities—a digital film production class and college/career exploration - to strengthen students' connection to their community and future.
Speakers: Dantel Proctor, Jobs for the Future; David Arons, South Brooklyn Community High School; SBCHS Student, South Brooklyn Community High School; Clare Bertrand, Jobs for the Future

The Workplace as Learning Lab [VIDEO]

Work-based courses (WBC) are college courses that have been redesigned in partnership with employers so competencies are taught not only in the classroom but also on the job. The WBC model uses the physical environment of the manufacturing plant to facilitate learning through the completion of real-life work tasks and on-the-spot troubleshooting. Student/workers gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advance in their careers, earn college credits toward a degree, and develop deeper understanding of the methods and meaning behind their work activities. In this session, learn how WBCs use the workplace as a learning lab through experiential learning and employer coaching.
Speaker: Amy Girardi, Jobs for the Future