Webinar: Targeted Coaching Skills for Instructors Preparing a Diverse Technician Workforce
Wednesday, February 26, 1-2 pm EDT
Are you ready to teach Generation Z—the most diverse generation to enter U.S. higher education and the workforce in history? Are you seeking ways to recruit and retain women—who continue to lag in participation in the technician workforce? Once you’ve recruited diverse learners and workers to your technician program or workplace, do you know what to do next? This webinar will discuss targeted coaching skills that both technician instructors and employers need to know to be successful. Louise Yarnall of SRI Education will share broad research findings from both studies and interviews about effective coaching principles and methods. Karen Leung of the City College of San Francisco and veteran community college educator Diego Navarro will discuss ways they have used these principles and methods to develop effective targeted coaching approaches. You will see some models that you can use to develop your own local targeted coaching program. This webinar will build your understanding of the unique needs of diverse learners and help you understand the opportunities for building on the distinct experiences and perspectives of diversity in both classroom and work apprenticeships.
Webinar: Engaging Technician Faculty in Teaching Employability Skills
December 10, 2019
This webinar, led by the SRI research team and hosted in partnership with the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), was geared toward community college educators, employers who work with early career technicians, and anyone else interested in fostering employability skills.
Employers of STEM technicians increasingly demand strong employability skills, but technician educators face challenges in including instruction to develop those skills in their programs. Employability skills are the nontechnical, but highly important, skills that play a critical role in both getting and keeping a job. They include interpersonal/teamwork skills, communication skills, lifelong learning, and the ability to meet workplace expectations and to understand both the mission of a business and the technician’s role in meeting that mission. This webinar will share findings from research about the approaches that technician education programs are using to engage faculty in developing these skills. It will also share a handbook with tools and techniques that can be used both in the classroom and in partnership with fellow educators and employers. We’ll also spotlight cases and discuss challenges and solutions to implementing specific approaches.