Fall 2008 |
As the Career Centers reestablish a strong role at the College, providing
continued outreach to students and community members includes maintaining
visibility. During the 2008–2009 academic year, the MCC Career Centers will
be holding exciting new workshop options for students and community members at
a variety of locations.
Each month will feature an overarching theme with workshops facilitated by
MCC staff and faculty as well as business leaders and community members. A
variety of career-related topics will be explored throughout the year
featuring business and community experts to share their expertise on workforce
matters. It´s a concept Career Center coordinator Ayanna Boykins sees as
helping individuals keep up with the fast pace of the business world.
"The world is changing at a very rapid pace, and people need to stay
informed to keep up with the different changes affecting the career
world," she said. "The more resources offered, the stronger the
likelihood students become empowered—making better informed choices as
they enter the workforce or work toward advancement in their respective
Topics were selected to provide variety yet stick to topics that impact the
workforce. Boykins and other Career Center staff researched issues they
encounter daily and found topics to meet those needs. The monthly themes (i.e.
National Mentoring Month, Physical Wellness Month) provide an issue to
celebrate and organize the workshops.
Several workshops focus on health and wellness, including workshops for
yoga and meditation. With employees feeling pressure to meet the high demands
of organizations and perform at high levels of productivity, health and
wellness are increasingly of value. Learning techniques to reduce stress and
increase concentration and relaxation are useful for everyone in the
The workshops are free and open to students and members of the community,
and Boykins encourages both targeted groups and wide audiences to take
advantage of these opportunities.
"The topics may appeal to a wide variety of interests for both people
who are employed or unemployed and may also be helpful to people who are
interested in being in-the-know in terms of new methods for workforce
solutions," she said.