Workshop provides employment skills training

Girl Power—Annie Weng, left, Mariluz Reynosa and Sherry Zhao put together a poster for their “Amazing Unicorn Tears” ice cream in an exercise to create an ice cream company and design an ad campaign during the 21st Century Employability Workshop on Friday. CN/ Vicky Nguyen

By Vicky Nguyen

Students received training on collaboration methods at a trial for a series of employment skill workshops on Friday at East Los Angeles College.

The “21st Century Employability Workshop” on collaboration was a follow-up to a workshop on resume-building run by the Child, Family, and Education Studies Department.

The collaboration workshop included training in conflict resolution and team development. 

Students were required to participate in several exercises, such as creating an ad campaign as a team, before they received a certificate for completing the training.

Topics for workshops were chosen by CFES club members however, the workshops are open to all students. 

The workshop was run by professors Bridgette Thompson and Rokeya Rahman.

“We are part of the workforce, so it’s our job to not only provide them with academic training, but also employability skills,” Thompson said.

Thompson and Rahman are planning to make more workshops, including one on digital fluency, available next semester after reviewing feedback from the first two.

They said they also hope to include collaboration with other departments in future workshops.

“We just wanted to see how students accept it, and if they like it, we’re offering more,” Rahman said.

Thompson said the workshop went well, overall but expressed disappointment with lack of time. 

“I knew the second part [on resolving conflict] would be challenging. That’s a whole day’s training,” Thompson said. “We were pressed for time.” 

She said she wants to put more activities, such as role-playing, in future trainings.

“I believe that they will get it – the sense of it, so hopefully, they’ll come back for the next one,” Rahman said.

New World of Work is a California Community Colleges program that provides employment training and resources for high school and college students. 

Thompson and Rahman received training by New World of Work in fall and adapted the information for ELAC students in the CFES program. 

For information about upcoming workshops, students may go to the CFES Club Facebook or Instagram page under “fcsclubatelac” or visit their office located at F7-305.

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