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Rationale
The Paradigm shift in modern education and global economy activity alter and validate the need for a new approach with a new trajectory in the development of business education in California community colleges. Students will need to not only understand the mechanics of technology but to also use critical thinking skills to develop practical and appropriate application of software to meet the needs of clients and to solve complex problems. The ability to solve a problem is superseded by the ability to future plan, manage resources and understand complex social, organizational, and technological systems and interrelationships. In essence, one must develop the ability to identify a situation before it becomes a problem. A successfully employed individual has the capacity to select technology, understand the overall intent, setup and operation of the technology and implement appropriate strategies to process information in a business environment.
Technology changes the skillset of the future workforce. As students compete for jobs technology will be a core differentiator.  Our Solano county advisory committee has indicated that students need technology skills, critical thinking skills, and communication skills in order to be successfully employed. A global marketplace dictates workplace competencies in interpersonal and soft skills/ business etiquette, as well as customer service skills with respect for cultural diversity and core foundational skills steeped in critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, reasoning and the ability and willingness to learn.
My sabbatical and coursework at Solano College crystallize these objectives. I am fortunate to teach in the areas of Business (Work Readiness) and Computer Applications. My primary goal in these content areas is to prepare students with relevant employable skills for the global marketplace.  Students upon graduation or completion of a certificate program should be able to thrive in the workplace or in the four-year university with great effectiveness.

 

Oxford University
St. Anne’s College and Harris Manchester College
Speeches: Women in Commerce and Traits of Successful Women in European and American History
My work as it relates to women in commerce stems from an anthropological view of gender roles and their effect on self-esteem and career choice. My Business 100 course at Solano College is populated predominately by women. I find that overall there are self-imposed limiting factors which impede success for my students. Some of these include lack of planning and preparation, lack of awareness of opportunities which may be available to them. Most pronounced is negative self-imposed psychological scripting. My Oxford lectures focus on the necessity of self-assessment and awareness and developing a self-esteem action plan and a proactive action plan for employment. Students are encouraged to give themselves permission to desire more for their lives. Their journey begins with self-exploration, identifying a goal which benefits their self and others.  They then write a plan for achieving the goal by using measurable action items.  We observe what successful women have in common and identify some of these traits within themselves. These new bodies of knowledge honed from collegial fact finding with 40 invited highly accomplished women from leading universities all over the world compliment my goal for the BUS 100 course. This class is an initial tributary that flows into the vastest streams of 4 year colleges and universities. This class also prepares students to enter into the workforce and perform with great effectiveness. Business 100 strives to build more student-centered and outcome based instruction, enhance collaborative and experiential learning, develop the ability to develop and set action plans, enhance career management abilities, and develop the soft skills needed for effective communication in the work environment. The global marketplace demands workers capable of independent decision making.  The role of women in technology and globalization in new world economies indicates a shift in family life and shared responsibilities which no longer can be defined solely on the basis of gender.