Rushville Republican

Columns

September 17, 2013

New partnership to benefit area youth

Less than a month ago, a group of key community stakeholders met to begin the process of building a new partnership between the private sector and public education in Rush County. Involved in the initial meeting were representatives from both the city and county, the Chamber of Commerce, the ECDC, and Rush County Schools. I can’t recall when I’ve been as optimistic about a positive outcome as I am about this coalition of organizations.

The basic idea is to help high school students become more aware of real world employer expectations, including things like hard skills, educational requirements, and what are often called, somewhat mysteriously, soft skills. According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, “Soft skills are personal attributes that enhance an individual’s interactions, job performance, and career prospects. Unlike hard skills, which are about a person’s skill set and ability to perform a certain type of task or activity, soft skills relate to a person’s ability to interact effectively with coworkers and customers and are broadly applicable both in and outside the workplace.”

I would also include additional soft skills that many young job seekers lack: things like showing up for work on time, expecting to do a full day’s work for a full day’s pay, and not missing work unnecessarily. Also my expanded definition of soft skills includes interviewing skills, communication skills, and the innate desire to succeed – no matter what the task may be.

In my opinion, over the years there has been a disconnect between the private sector and public education. Not that either has been unaware of the other, but to the extent that there has been little interaction between the two in any ongoing way.

The scope of the interaction that’s possible is limited only by the imagination of the stakeholders with regard to what can be accomplished. Some job shadowing has gone on between Rush Memorial Hospital and the high school, which is great, but more job shadowing needs to take place for more high school students to really get a good idea of what a manufacturing manager, for example, does on a daily basis and understand what it takes to become a manufacturing manager in the first place.

Text Only
Columns
  • We are still the United States It seems to me that America has in the past had an idea of destiny, one that started at Concord and continues to today. A great experiment was begun with the shot heard around the world. It continued on through the remainder of the Revolution and spa

    April 22, 2014

  • Mail Tales: Of postcards and wishing where you were This week we're going to explore the exciting world of Deltiology. I know that "Deltiology" sounds vaguely scientific, which means some of you are probably worrying that this is another one of my sneaky attempts to foist upon you a poorly researched,

    April 22, 2014

  • An important election this year I wonder if anyone has to be reminded that we're in another election year. The current election season is often referred to as an "off-year" election because it's not a year in which we vote for a president. This will be, nevertheless, one of the mos

    April 22, 2014

  • In a perpetual comma I misplace a lot of things: keys wallet gloves the dog's leash. Recently I misplaced something that may not seem very important unless you read that last sentence carefully. Then you will realize that believe it or not I can't find my comma. Yes it's

    April 22, 2014

  • Crate art Paper labels from 1880-1930, collectively referred to as "Crate Art", are a unique form of American Folk Art. Originally designed to be glued to the ends of wooden crates to identify produce during shipping, the graphically attractive labels are stil

    April 22, 2014

  • This column will self-destruct in 5 seconds I've become completely infatuated over the past few weeks with a gift I received a few Christmases ago. It was a completely unexpected gift from one of my big brothers: a set of "Mission: Impossible" DVDs. No, not home videos of me begging my kids to

    April 15, 2014

  • Don't sweat the small things There are a few things in life that really get under my skin, one of which is complaining. Yes, I complain sometimes, but it doesn't last too long at all before I put myself in check. There was a story this week that really touched my heart and like

    April 15, 2014

  • The timeless beauty of wicker No matter what the day may bring, I can leave it all behind when I take my evening walk. Strolling through our historic neighborhood on Indy's south side is a multifaceted treat. It is good for my heart, it erases the cares of the day and it affords

    April 15, 2014

  • Self deposit box I love where I bank. It's a branch inside of a big supermarket. I can make a modest withdrawal and then go and blow every last penny in the cookie aisle. The tellers at the window appreciate me. They know about my obsession with round numbers and und

    April 15, 2014

  • Change can be done here In previous columns I've suggested that one of the factors holding this community back is the relatively poor image many of us have of our town. The point, as some may recall, was made by several people who live in other communities who said Rushvill

    April 15, 2014