The world is upside down. The left is blaming the right; the right is blaming the left and the rest of us in the middle are going “Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot! My colleagues and I are privileged, that we meet with thousands of prospective college students weekly. The number-one question, the common lowest denominator and the most passionate student’s concern is” How will a higher-education result in a good-paying job?” That becomes the (X) to solve. The modern-day prospective student is looking for a quicker payout. They seek the higher-education journey going from point A to point C, perhaps missing point B and yet still get the good-paying job! A good paying job is a career resulting in a productive part of society, to have a great life; yes, to be part of something bigger than themselves; yes, ultimately to make lots of money. The value of money has a direct correlation to relevant education.
Career Colleges are a job significant contributing factor of the higher-education community, but in our current reality get the brunt of the bad press. This brings us to question the wisdom from the arguments coming from the left, right, and middle, leaving us all to shake our heads as we experience politics’ as usual not commonsense! The logic where you say to yourself, “you can’t make this stuff up”, total bewilderment which has you wonder what college or university our politician’s graduated from in the first place. This feeling of bewilderment motivated the research to write this article. What makes a career college different, what do they do that stands out, what is the private sector’s
secret sauce to higher education? The quest for the lowest common denominator delivered five points that perhaps can overshadow the political rhetoric of our modern society. Perhaps bring some light through the fog of politics as usual, or motivate the reader to research and question more! Today with the Internet, great news can’t hide, and can be used to overshadow the politically motivated media.
The great news is that Career Colleges create education paths with curriculums that help people become competitive in the limited job market. Why? Because the private sector education industry is less spoiled, more humble and better equipped to adapt to the existing job market. What I learned from my research is that the private sector doesn’t try to overtake the education market or drive it in a particular direction. This sector simply adapts to the current job market to provide students the focused learning needed to benefit and gain value from this market. What I also learned from my research is that the Career Colleges came about because the needs of society are always evolving privately and in public.
Career Colleges seek out evolutionary education processes that are never satisfied. Satisfaction is measured in relentlessly learning and achieving more greatness. Sustainable satisfaction is a process of steps, thinking and sharing ways that bring the right people together.
Career College people bring about a true focused well-rounded education that speeds up the career path. A speedy career results in proven sound business practices and satisfied students; a win-win for everyone. In my opinion, the Career College Miracle is powered by picking up
the higher-education slack created by the rest of the industry:
1. Career Colleges develop curricular for jobs – creating the future today. Get students interested by developing and deploying curricular that support students in earning jobs (Fischer, 1999). This builds on an academic environment that prepares the professors for creating connections between experience-to-theory that result in value added careers for the students, fueling solving for (X).
2. Career Colleges model curriculum for collaboration across the entire campus body encourages the designed performance and outcome (Cogburn, 2011). This comes about by seamless collaboration, communicating, sharing ideas as a means to increase value to the student. Student value is perceived as solving for (X) the student’s lowest common denominator.
3. Career Colleges take the time to learn a student’s pre-experience, identify transferable skills valued by current and future employers or helping guide for an academic next step (Pierson, 2010). Humanity has transferable skills, this understanding drove us out of caves eons ago. Pre-experience are marketable in today job markets, the study of experience always results in the means to solve for (X).
4. Career Colleges take the time to understand the manageable and uncontainable factors for their students’ academic success. Having a problem-solving preference by solving for manageable and uncontainable factors, result in students becoming more adaptive or more innovative (Friedel, 2012). A focus on the students learning strengths result as the institution gains duplicable strategies that can be shared so that solving for (X) becomes common place or the normality in higher education.
5. Career Colleges take the time to understand the student’s passion for learning – Solving for (X) the ultimate career choice is shaped by consequence hopes, a student’s career interests, and career aspiration that one is capable of performing in a certain manner to attain this chosen career (Dietz, 2010). Sincere interest in the passion for learning
that equals an academic career focus that results in a happy life. Solve for (X) the student’s lowest common denominator = a happy life!
These five points are by no means the only methods that Career Colleges pick up the slack, simply a starting point. The adaptive academic infrastructure becomes commonsense methods to exploit and share with our entire education community. Benefits to the student becomes the ultimate goal and our #1 priority. The development of this academic infrastructure suggests that the Career College professional’s effort to understanding the importance for solving for (X) the student’s lowest common denominator of obtaining a gratifying career.
What we experience in the Career College community is that academic infrastructure has a strategic refined beginning and has an unlimited potential. A potential always being rediscovered, redesigned, adjusted to solve for the student’s lowest common denominator. What is important to understand is you cannot argue a problem to solution, solving for (X) cannot be mandated by legislation. Solutions come about by exploiting many more methods that Career Colleges use to pick up the slack. I am hopeful and somewhat confident that after reading this article you will become enlightened with many more methods to solve for (X) and bring about a career focus that is inspiring.
“Now focus on the student, focus on the career training-oriented strategy and the entire higher education community can take part in The Career College Miracle. The true stability for solving for (X) is found here, and there is plenty to share for all.”
1. Career Colleges develop curricular for jobs
2. Career Colleges model curriculum for collaboration
3. Career Colleges take the time to learn a student’s pre-experience
4. Career Colleges take the time to understand
5. Career Colleges take the time to understand the student’s passion for learning
By Dr. Pietro (Pete) Savo
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