Picking up the Slack – How career colleges adapt to the ever-changing needs of the job market.

Career College Central Magazine, July 2013

Picking Up The Slack, originally published, Career College Central Magazine, July 2013, 24-25

How career colleges adapt to the ever-changing needs of the job market.

A student’s primary concern with higher education today is whether it will result in a good paying job and a long lasting career. Most want to be a productive part of society, to have a great life, be a part of something larger than themselves and, yes, make lots of money. But don’t let this last objective put you off: The value of money has a direct correlation to relevant education.

Career colleges are a significant contributor within the higher education community, but in our current reality they get the brunt of bad press. This brings us to question the wisdom from the arguments coming from the political left, right and middle, leaving us all to shake our heads as we experience politics as usual.

This feeling of bewilderment motivated my 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. With the advent of the Internet, great news can’t hide.

The great news is that career colleges create education paths with curricula that help people become competitive in the limited job market. Why? Because the private sector education industry is less catered to, more humble and better equipped to adapt to the existing job market. 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. Career colleges came about because the needs of society are always evolving both privately and in public. They seek 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.

These people bring about a focused, well-rounded education that speeds up the career path. A speedy route
to a career results in sound business practices and satisfied students – a win-win for everyone. In my opinion, career colleges pick up the higher education slack created by the rest of the field.

Career Colleges:

Develop curricula for jobs. Get students interested by developing and deploying curricula that support students in earning jobs. This builds on an academic environment that prepares the professors for creating connections between experience and theory that results in value-added careers for the students.

Model curricula for collaboration across the entire campus body and encourage the desired performance and outcome.  This comes about by seamless collaboration,communicating, and sharing ideas as a means to increase value to the student. Student value is perceived as solving the student’s lowest common denominator.

Take the time to learn a student’s pre-experience and identify transferable skills valued by current and future  employers. Humanity has transferable skills; this understanding drove us out of caves eons ago. Pre-experience is marketable in today’s job markets.

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. A focus on student learning strengthens results as the institution gains duplicable
strategies that can be shared so that it becomes commonplace or the normality in higher education.

Take the time to understand the student’s passion for learning. The ultimate career choice is shaped by consequence, hopes, a student’s career interests and aspirations to
perform in a certain manner to attain this chosen career. Sincere interest and the passion for learning equals an academic career focus that results in a happy
life.

These five points are by no means the only methods in which career colleges pick up the slack. The adaptive academic infrastructure lends itself to common sense methods to exploit and share with our entire education community. Benefits to the student becomes the ultimate goal and our No. 1 priority. The development of this academic infrastructure suggests the career college professional’s effort to understand 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. Solutions come about by exploiting many more methods that career colleges use to pick up the slack.

“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. True stability is found here, and there is plenty to share for all.”                                       Regards, Dr. Pietro

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2013

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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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