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[Dr. Jason Treadway, Director, STEM Institute DCCCD]: We consistently hear from industry that students entering the workforce lack soft skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and time management.
in fact, one industry professional put it this way,
"we hire for hard skills and fire because of soft skills."
Students leaving college
to enter the workforce may look great on paper,
however industry is looking for the complete package
and soft skills play an important role in the hiring
and retention of employees.
The minitern program provides students a unique opportunity
to develop their soft skills
in a non-threatening corporate environment.
Students who participate in the minitern program are able
to develop their soft skills and will enter the workforce
with a distinct advantage.
[Michael Bailey, mINiTERN faculty advisor, Professor of Mathematics Brookhaven College, DCCCD]:
Many of us forget what it was like the first day on the job
and may be feeling out of place.
People speak really a different language with acronyms,
They have different expectations of us,
we may have a different attire
and so...and even different levels of accountability
about being on time and etc., and how we show up.
And so helping students first acclimate to that new culture,
it's...it's exciting to watch them move from anxiety
and nervousness to success and kind of holding themselves
in a professional manner.
[speaker at event]: Sharyland utilities has reached out to team energy vision
to provide recommendations that will minimize the impact
of natural disasters...
[Elizabeth Smith Program Manager, Hunt Consolidated inc.]:
So what happens is, we give students problems and questions
that the company may not have time or resources
to develop currently and maybe in the next 5 to 10 years...
It's estimated that we actually want
to implement this for next year...
So the students do the research and look at these problems
and then they come in and they talk to the company
and tell us all about what they found.
It actually fuels a little bit of conversation in the company
and it makes people start to talk, makes people really start
to get engaged and think up ideas
that we can get out of the box.
[Michael Bailey, mINiTERN faculty advisor, Professor of Mathematics Brookhaven College, DCCCD]: students learn how to do project planning.
they learn how to handle a meeting -
each of the students take a turn at facilitating a meeting.
some of those meetings are in person at the headquarters
or the business office, and some of those are conference calls
which are a really common tool that's used in today's business.
so they learn some practical business skills.
[Josh Duttlinger, Project Manager, Hunt Consolidated, inc.]: Our senior leadership is obviously older,
as they're senior leadership, so having young fresh eyes look
at a problem that's 5 to 10 years away
for us helps invigorate the company and bring new ideas.
[Hunter Hunt, CEO, Hunt Consolidated, inc.]: I think if you...if you present these students with a challenge
or opportunity, you give them the proper guidance,
and they will need guidance.
This is the first time many of these students have ever been
in a real world work experience.
But if you give them the guidance and the support,
you'll be amazed with the creativity and commitment
that these students will turn to the...the project at hand.
[speaker at event]: It was also a 40 percent increase from 2015.
[Elizabeth Smith Program Manager, Hunt Consolidated inc.]: Our company has benefitted from the student perspective
because it has allowed people to really start
to think outside of the box.
The students come in and bring in a fresh new set of eyes
on ideas that people may have let lull
and students bring something in
and people get excited about it again.
[Josh Duttlinger, Project Manager, Hunt Consolidated, inc.]: We view this as a first step into eventually hiring
on a full time employee.
We bring them in - a group 8 to 10 -
usually 2 to 3 students stand out.
From that we select a leader for the next group
for the following semester.
Hopefully, that leader eventually becomes an intern
for us and at that point we...we know the student through
and through and we shoot to hire them.
[Michael Bailey, mINiTERN faculty advisor, Professor of Mathematics Brookhaven College, DCCCD]: The minitern program requires very little resources
and time invested on behalf of the employer and so it acts
as a pre-screen to their actual intern program,
their full time intern program.
there's no cost to businesses, the students aren't paid
for this mini-internship, their payment is in experience.
[Hunter Hunt, CEO, Hunt Consolidated, inc.]: i think the minitern program is one
of those really unique programs that takes a student very early
in the process, exposes them to corporate america, exposes them
to what it's like to have a real job,
be part of a real team working on real projects
to find solutions, and it opens their eyes
up in a way that...that they can't fathom.
and it provides...it provides a growth opportunity they're never
going to get in a classroom, and it's why we need more companies
to take more students so that we can have more
of an impact on dallas.
[text on screen]: mINiTERN providing professional experience for community college students
[text on screen]: Produced by Media Services LeCroy Center DCCCD