Four decades ago, a new employee likely expected to spend their entire career with the same company. As the years passed, they might rise through the ranks and receive enough on the job training to succeed in their role. Neither employee nor employer gave much thought to continuing an employee’s education. For this generation, there was a social contract between employers and employees. Loyalty was valued, and it went both ways. Companies rewarded longevity and loyalty and employees put company priorities before their own. It was also industry-standard for companies to offer pensions to attract and retain valuable employees.
Now more than ever, we and our employees—team members or cast members if you prefer—cannot afford to sit still with regard to our professional learning. The good news is that we are fortunate to live at a time that affords unprecedented opportunities to learn and grow. Our teams’ skills and connections represent strategic assets worth investing in. This investment increases competence, moral and retention. Learning is not something that stops when we leave the formal educational setting. We should cherish people who value life-long learning.
The role that whole-mind education, technology and today’s generation will play in shaping our innovative future is the topic of this year’s College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Nevada, Reno. Jason Mendenhall, Switch Executive Vice President of Cloud, will present “Internet of Things, the Future and Our Part in It,” on Sept. 25, 2016.
John Doiron, Carson High School’s Career and Technical Education’s new manufacturing instructor, stood in front of the Carson Area Manufacturers Forum in early June to outline his plan for the manufacturing program and to ask for their support in sharing their knowledge to develop curriculum, being guest speakers in class and inviting students in to their facilities for field trips, internships and other work-based learning experiences. It’s all part of Doiron’s master plan to unite CHS CTE’s new four year program and local manufacturers who are competing with the likes of Tesla and others for skilled technical workers.
The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum — more commonly known as The Discovery — has become a field-trip staple for local students, and for good reason: The destination has positioned itself at the intersection of culture and education, offering exhibits and activities to keep young minds thriving. But leadership at The Discovery wants to make something abundantly clear: Contrary to the rumor, you do not have to have children to visit the museum.
It’s that time of year again. You will soon see them at the supermarket parking lot, in front of government buildings and at the mall. No, I’m not talking about the Salvation Army bell ringers. I’m talking about signature gatherers – folks who, more often than not, are getting paid to gather signatures to qualify initiative petitions for the 2016 ballot.