University of Montevallo Launches Partnership With Shelby County College and Career Center

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Gary Johnson, University of Montevallo campaign director and marketing adjunct faculty member in the UM Stephens College of Business instructs SCCCC students during the first session on understanding the basics of business on Sept. 23.

The office of Partnerships and Outreach at the University of Alabama has announced a newly formed partnership program with Shelby County College and Career Center (CCC) to educate 12th-grade students on the basics of business, soft skills, and post-secondary education options.

‚ÄúWith UM having the wonderful resources a higher¬†education institution brings to a community, this partnership just made sense,‚ÄĚ says Julie¬†Godfrey, Shelby County Schools Supervisor of Career Tech Education, College and Career Planning, and Community Partnerships.

Beginning in September and running through April 2017, faculty and staff volunteers from the University of Montevallo will visit the CCC campus one Friday per month to provide instruction on specific topics such as personal branding, networking, business math and other areas focused on helping students learn those much needed soft skills.

‚ÄúWe recognize soft skills are a¬†weakness for most high school students,‚ÄĚ stated Zachary McWhorter, Principal at the Shelby¬†County College and Career Center. ‚ÄúWe want to remain focused on the big picture for our CCC¬†students, ensuring they have the soft skills and business knowledge to become career prepared¬†and ultimately, better community citizens,‚ÄĚ added McWhorter.

During the first session, held on September 23, students learned about the importance of how to present themselves in order to create their personal brand, as well as how to better understand and use their transferable skills to work in a variety of industries.

‚ÄúIt was interesting¬†to learn about how your reputation is your brand whether you want it to be or not,‚ÄĚ said Nyla¬†Boothe, a CCC high school senior. ‚ÄúTo know that my brand will impact where I go in life,¬†definitely makes me want to ensure I‚Äôve created the right brand for myself,‚ÄĚ added Boothe.

The session Boothe attended was instructed by Gary Johnson, University of Montevallo Campaign Director and Marketing Adjunct Faculty Member in the UM Stephens College of Business. More than 15 UM faculty and staff have already signed up to participate in the fall semester of the program.

‚ÄúThe University of Montevallo employees harvest a culture of volunteerism and¬†philanthropy,‚ÄĚ stated Kelli J. Holmes, Director for the University of Montevallo Office of¬†Partnerships and Outreach. ‚ÄúOur faculty and staff understand the positive impact they can have¬†on our community, and they‚Äôre always open to new opportunities,‚ÄĚ Holmes added.

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