SWTWC Associate Director Tyler Reeb recently sat down with Mat Kaplan to record a podcast in which they discussed workforce development. Reeb noted that it is crucial that students and workers acclimate themselves to new technologies, but they need to “go old school before going high-tech.” Though millennials are tech savvy, they lack many of the basic workplace skills needed to bridge the gap. Reeb also co-authored a perspective piece for the Long Beach Business Journal (LBBJ) with Jan Vogel of the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) in which they discussed this issue and recommended solutions.
“The role of workforce investment boards like SBWIB and workforce centers like the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC) must be to create curricula that address new trends and developments while continuing to focus on fundamental skill sets,” Reeb said.
He also mentioned that there needs to be a greater emphasis on reaching students at the K-12 level when they are still deciding what their direction through higher education will be. Finally, Reeb took a look at community colleges and how they can provide an important route for those looking to break into the transportation industry, not only by transferring to four year institutions, but also through certification programs and training.
To listen to the podcast, click here.
To read the LBBJ article, click here.