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The Future Is Not What It Used to Be
While we can't cite the direct source of that quote, we also can't argue its validity. Keeping in mind that smartphones, GPS for consumers, Google, the Prius, text messaging and many common items in our daily world were all developed within the past 20 years, what will the next year, decade or even the next 50 years look like for Ohlone's graduates? There is more that we don't know, than do know, but there are some definite trends we'd like to share.
New technologies are redefining how we interact:
Innovations have made us more reliant on technology and less connected with each other. This means we must make a concerted effort to create that all-important sense of community, connection and belonging for students.
New pressures on students to find meaning and purpose:
While there are tremendous pressures on students - grades, finances, work, etc. - we have the responsibility of helping students find meaning and purpose in what they are studying so they are prepared for life.
Changing student demographics:
The student landscape continues to change. We are witnessing an increased number of immigrants and foreign students, and needier students. We must continue to change along with these changes in demographics to reach and support these students.
The rapidly evolving world of work:
Gone are the days of having the same employer or job for life. Part of this trend already established are students working two or three jobs at a time, and looking at the real possibility of working multiple jobs in various careers throughout their lifetime. And while our students' educational pursuits are important, soft skills, like critical thinking, complex problem solving and the simple capacity to learn, are what will ultimately prove most valuable over one's lifetime.
The increased demand for institutional accountability:
The media's message is "Higher education is broken." Student loan debt is insurmountable and the value of a degree in finding employment is questionable. We can continue to be that shining example of what is working by continuing to create outstanding value for students and for this institution.
In the end, it's not about innovation and technology, it's about soft skills - thinking, connecting, and being accountable, that will bring us, and ultimately our students, future success.
Source: Five Megatrends Threatening Student Affairs (and How to Turn Them Into Opportunities), by Laurence N. Smith and Albert B. Blixt, NASPA.org.
|Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts||53.4|
|Environmental Engineering Technicians||30.1|
|Accountants and Auditors||10.7|
|Software Developers, Applications||18.8|
|Computer Software and Systems Software Engineers||30.4|
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook and Career Guide to Industries
Ohlone's Summer Interns Validate Educational Experiences
Every summer Ohlone students majoring in various fields have the opportunity to "test" careers through 10-week internships. This past summer, nine students in the Ohlone Math Gateway program went to work full-time within five local companies on a variety of projects. Gaining experience in cyber security, video microscope set up and testing, package assembly and stress testing, technical writing, engineering drawing, user interface development and environmental restoration, the nine students gained career insights and a real-world sense of their potential within the job market and their future educational goals.
As highlighted in the description of the Academic Core Building designs elsewhere in this flyer, a big part of the students' work was collaborative - in teams. Meeting and working with managers, technicians, scientists and others, each student's experience touched on multiple career options.
Intern Muhammad Qureshi stated that, "Teamwork was a key in getting our project done. Problem solving skills from math helped with the Java course." While student intern Anastassia Makhniaieva shared, "The best part of the internship was the ability to learn new things every day and meet very smart people." And Juan Pardenilla concluded that, "I have a deeper understanding of the type of work that is out there for engineering in general," and shared that his engineering class at Ohlone prepared him to "think critically, quickly, and 'out of the box' which leads me to work faster and more efficiently."
Summer Internships for these nine Ohlone Math Gateway students took place at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Golden Altos, NASA Ames, Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Mathew Mechanical, among others. The experiences, practical skill development, and the personal insights each student gained support Ohlone's focus on collaboration and teamwork.
Questions or comments about Ohlone Math Gateway? Contact Marina Gonzalez Student Support Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Teamwork was a key in getting our project done." - Muhammad Qureshi
"My math classes through the Ohlone Math Gateway program helped to prepare me for my internship." - Michael Richardson
"I learned how to program and operate a CNC machine. I was responsible for designing products for customers and had a role in project management/quality control aspects for various projects. The classes I took prior to the internship were directly related. I used CAD software/Solidworks almost every day of my internship." - Jeffrey Melad
Learning doesn't take place only in a classroom or lab. Learning occurs individually and in groups, through collaboration and investigation, formally and informally, and sometimes when we least expect it. For these reasons, and to support them all, the Academic Core buildings under construction on the Ohlone Fremont campus have spaces specifically designed to encourage collaboration between faculty, students and staff. The Library and Learning Resource Center are located in the heart of the academic core of the campus, creating a hub for student learning and easy access to instructional support services. The mixing of buildings and open spaces is being created to encourage collaboration and interaction both within the facilities and within the areas "in between." Spaces for formal and informal gatherings encourage students to spend time on campus and to interact with other students and faculty.
September 15, 2017
Gari Browning, Ph.D.
Ohlone Community College District
Ohlone College Board of Trustees
Greg Bonaccorsi, Teresa Cox, Jan Giovannini-Hill, Vivien Larsen, Ishan Shah, Richard Watters, Garrett Yee, Miguel Fuentes (Student Trustee)
43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94539 / 510.659.6000
Ohlone College Newark Center
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