The phrase “Tesla effect” has been applied to a variety of opportunities and situations in Northern Nevada. Moreover, Tesla’s effect on Nevada’s education system will have long-lasting implications for students and teachers.
It’s evident that education cannot remain static and neither can it exist as separate from the real world. Rather, experts agree it needs to be made up of a series of interconnected, flexible institutions that reflect the change of Nevada industries and the demands and opportunities of technology.
The pathways to successful entrepreneurship are unpredictable. But one constant commonality, even above education or experience, is drive. Successful entrepreneurs from all backgrounds share a relentless tenacity that is perhaps the best predictor of success. This is the magic of entrepreneurship.
Truckee Meadows Community College offers an educational pathway to success in logistics management through its Certificate, Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs. Fall enrollment is now open to potential and current logistics professionals seeking direct access to a four-year degree in a rapidly-growing sector of northern Nevada.
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.