One of the goals of the K14 Pathways Regional Joint Venture is outreach and promotion of community college career pathways. Counselors are key players in providing college AND career options to students to increase their knowledge of career pathways. This summit was a day to honor the critical work of counselors and provide them with tools and resources to best support students in post secondary options. This was the second year we brought together counselors from the Southwest Bay region, and the first year partnering with MBEP. This partnership facilitated a wonderful day of industry and education for all who attended.
Representatives from Tanimura & Antle, L. Kershner Design, Dientes Community Dental, Seaside Company, Santa Cruz Warriors, Monterey Bay Community Power, Looker, and Launch Brigade shared their perspective on workforce needs during an industry panel moderated by MBEP President, Kate Roberts. Panelists also shared that when hiring a new team member, they look for emotional intelligence, empathy for the customer and a passion and dedication for the job.
Josh Clawson and Kristen Alexander of ox.work talked about the common myths and fallacies in networking and teach the audience at our Industry-Education Counselor Summit about how to tell your own story and the importance of being a good listener.