‘Life Skills’ Become Valuable Part of Business Program
Aug 13, 2012
The Business Administration Department at the Dayton Area Campus has a strong and diverse advisory board, consisting of business owners and managers from a wide variety of fields. Department Chair Bob Abadie explained that the ideas that are brought to the table during a meeting help the campus plan the curriculum for courses that will meet the needs of the area’s workforce. He said that as a result of the advisory board, the training that students receive is a step above other area colleges. “They receive the training that meets the needs of employers and their customers, and this makes our graduates highly marketable.”
Approximately three years ago the Business Advisory Board suggested incorporating important life skills in several business-related classes. Using suggestions from the board, the faculty developed short life skill modules and lesson plans designed to relate to a business course with one or more of the course learning objectives. The modules were created to also reinforce the course material in a practical manner. For example, in the economics course, students learn about managing their money and credit; in the Principles of Management course, students learn about decision making, planning, and time management.
In the other business courses, the life skills modules cover the fundamentals of professionalism, proper business attire, office manners and social skills, telephone and email etiquette, acting appropriately on the job, marketing yourself, résumé preparation, and conflict resolution.
Bob said that the results of these new life skills modules being taught in class the last three years have been nothing short of remarkable. Feedback from students indicate that the life skills modules are well received. Kim Welch said, “Balancing work, school, and life can be stressful. The life skills presentation on time management helped me to stay focused … and make sure the most important things are done, so I can relax and feel more confident about the way I handle my time.” Students that complete all of the life skills modules receive a completion certificate to add to their portfolio.
Business Chair Bob Abadie is pictured with students in his Principles of Management class as he presents the life skills module that covers decision making and time management.
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