The Career College Miracle solving for (X)

Dr. Pietro Savo

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!
solving for x

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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FUTURE. College Student Journal, 44(2), 234.

Pierson, M., & Troppe, M. (2010). Curriculum to Career. Peer Review, 12(4), 12+


About Dr. Pietro Savo

Dr. Pietro (Pete) Savo is a Principal Consultant with over 28 years of diverse experience in Business Strategy Improvement (BSI), Leadership Development, Operations, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Systems, Material Management, Supply Chain, Union Shop and consulting environments. Pietro created the term Manufacturing Research Practitioner ™ as the foundation for his Doctoral thesis dedicated to improving the United States Manufacturing Industry.  Dr. Savo has lectured at, Boeing Aircraft, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Northup Grumman, Raytheon and United Technologies on various subjects such as Lean Thinking, Leadership, Team Building, Quality Systems ISO Registrar Selection and Root Cause Analysis. Taught Root Cause Analysis for American Society for Quality (ASQ). Customized Training Specialties Leadership & Culture & Conflict Resolution Made Simple Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Problem Solving & Mistake-Proof It! Lean Manufacturing & The 6S's: Workplace Organization Evolving Quality Systems ISO 9001:2000/AS 9100:2000 Industry Evolution Building Business with the United States Government and Prime Contractors New Project Bidding Team Improvement Training “Know Your Front End” Published: Root Cause Analysis System for Problem Solving and Problem Avoidance Published: PERFECTION - 10 Secrets to Successful Lean Manufacturing Implementation. United States Navy Veteran View all posts by Dr. Pietro Savo

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