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Workforce Development and Continuing Education prepares facilitators for spring semester
Facilitators attend continuing education training Jan. 11
The Department of Workforce Development and Continuing Education hosted a training
for new and current continuing education facilitators Jan. 11 in preparation for spring
semester courses. Corporate Training and Continuing Education Program Manager Kathy
Simpson provided the instructors an overview of the College’s policies and procedures,
course schedule, and an introduction on marketing their courses. Simpson encouraged
the instructors to promote their courses like it was their own business. She said
it is vital to spread the word through social media and by distributing flyers and
networking. “Students who sign up for continuing education typically pay for the
course so they are highly motivated students,” Simpson said. “Word-of-mouth is a powerful
way to advertise.”
This year’s facilitators offer a wide range of courses, from situational leadership
to entrepreneurial thinking, in addition to traditional course offerings. Simpson
is excited about the level of talent and expertise represented at the training. “We
have stellar instructors who produce highly skilled, trained and knowledgeable students
who are ready for hire.”
For a list of new and featured continuing education courses, click here.
President and CEO of LATROBE LLC LaTanyua Robinson (pictured with Dr. Derek Henson,
then-Director of Externally Funded Programs) attended the continuing education training
Jan. 11. Robinson has taught at Southwest before and has over 25 years of experience
in manufacturing, workforce, and business development in corporate America. She also
has been an entrepreneur for the past 10 years. Robinson will teach Entrepreneurial
Thinking, a course designed to enhance students’ interpersonal skills for building
a career or business. “I teach basic foundational skills to get people from where
they are today to where they want to be,” Robinson said.
Facilitator Tamara Brown is new to Southwest and new to teaching. She retired last
year from the City of Memphis as a technology officer and has over 20 years of experience
in technology. Brown is Principal of 93 Octane LLC, a project management consultancy
on information technology, construction and facilities, education and curriculum,
and transportation and fleet. In her course on project management, she plans to focus
on helping students develop a new mindset toward the completion of projects from start
to finish. I decided to teach at Southwest because I want to partner with a local college where
I can help empower and educate young people.