Carl Sandburg College is continuing to gather input on just what area businesses need from their students.
This morning, Sandburg hosted representatives of the healthcare industry and local education to help graduate quality professional talent in the area.
It was the second of such meetings with manufacturing taking up the first meeting. The college plans to use the discussion material to enhance their educational offerings in future years.
While during the manufacturing meeting, employers said they wanted employees with greater work ethic, healthcare professionals wanted employees with better manners.
Sandburg Dean of Career and Technical Services Dr. Lauri White tells WGIL the college really wants to know about future manpower shortages.
“We want to make sure we are strategically positioned to meet those deficiencies. The other thing is we want to work without k-12 partners to see if we can get some dual credit opportunities so that students coming right out of high school maybe able to enter entry-level positions and then maybe come to us to maybe get more advanced training.”
Discussions try to focus on skills needed five years into the future.
Healthcare employers also said business communication skills such as how to write professional letters and number pages in common software programs was also lacking.
Sandburg offers 18 healthcare programs and many students conduct their “clinicals” at some of the employers in attendance.