A report from New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer, talks about the growing need for, and use of, flexible work arrangements (FWAs) that create alternatives to the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule. Families and Flexibility: Reshaping the Workplace for the 21st Century explains how changing workforce demographics (women who both work and take on the majority of childcare responsibilities, low-wage workers who have less control over their schedules, single-parent workers, workers who care for elderly/disabled family members, etc.) have highlighted the increased need of FWAs. In addition to providing examples of successful work-day restructuring at corporate offices (Aetna saved $78 million in real estate costs in 2012 by introducing FWA), the report also highlights unintended benefits including increased employee satisfaction and morale, and a reduction in overall employee stress/fatigue. You can read the full report here:
Kitchen Ventures Incubator Program (KVIP) at Kingsborough, a collaboration through The Office of Continuing Education, CEWD, the Culinary Arts Program and the Department of Tourism and Hospitality offers rental of our commercial kitchen space to help early-stage catering, retail and wholesale food entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. KVIP at KBCC offers supplemental education to help teach entrepreneurs how to strengthen their business plans, navigate the intricacies of distribution and comply with regulatory procedures. Thus, after completion of the incubation period, food companies can spin off to create their own, stable businesses in the community with greater success.
Take a look at our attached brochure to get more information about this new program.
If you’re interested in signing up for either of these information sessions, please call us at 718.368.4637 or fill out our online survey and an NRC representative will tell you everything you need to know.
“Grit,” the latest educational buzzword, has been popping all over the place recently. This morning an NPR segment about the learning of grit talked about different schools/institutions that are incorporating grit, by way of determination at the face of defeat, into their curriculum. From charter schools to reports from the DOE, grit is making a presence. It’s often seen as the skills that surround formal education and how these skills help more students (and young adults, for our purposes) succeed as they leave primary and secondary education.
For our purposes, grit can find its way into the workforce at many different angles. Call up the histories of recent innovators and you’ll see people whose early careers were met with major setbacks, but who didn’t allow defeat and continued on to high levels of success—think of Steve Jobs who was ousted from the very company he created. Grit appears as job-seekers continue to search despite months of rejection, not accepting negative self-talk, and developing new systems to stay appealing to potential employers. I’m curious to see how concepts of grit will officially make their way into formal education and how this teaching will play out in the long run.
Curious about what a career in medical assisting means? Take a look at this great graphic coming from NYC LMIS as part of CUNY CareerPATH to show inquiring students where this career path can lead.
“Working under the supervision of a physician or nurse, medical assistants perform a combination of administrative and clinical functions. Clinical students may include taking vital signs, drawing blood and preparing patients for examinations. Administrative duties may include scheduling, maintaining records and billing and coding for insurance.”
Information sessions for CUNY CareerPATH’s summer cohort of of the Culinary Arts & Hospitality and Food & Beverage programs (at Kingsborough Community College) and Emergency Medical Technician program (at Borough of Manhattan Community College) have just been posted. Check out our Information Session page for the dates/times.
To get more information about these programs, visit CUNY CareerPATH online: http://www.cuny.edu/academics/conted/PATH.html
A few weeks ago, we posted a TED Talk about “Grit”—the stuff that keeps pushing us to do the stuff we want to do. Last week I read an article from The Brilliant Report (a great source for discussions on learning) titled When to let learners struggle which talks about a study published in the Journal of Learning Sciences regarding the importance of failure throughout the learning process. Adults will encounter countless “failures” throughout their professional careers. By teaching young adults how to critically look at difficult situations and guiding them towards developing successful solutions, they’ll be better able to handle uncomfortable situations as they make their way through later academic and professional careers.
Please share your thoughts and experiences with failures. Can you remember your first professional “blip”? Something that, at the time, made made you want to crawl under a rock and never come out? How did you recover and did that process help you in later situations?