State of the College 2013 – MI-BEST/Apartment Maintenance Tech Excerpt

State of the College 2013 – MI-BEST/Apartment Maintenance Tech Excerpt

August 24, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY MEANS WE HAVE TO LISTEN
TO THE NEEDS. WE TO TO RESPOND. WE HAVE TO ADAPT. WE HAVE TO, IN SOME CASES, CREATE NEW
THINGS TO RESPOND TO WHAT THEY NEED. ONE OF THOSE EXAMPLES IS A WELL- DEVELOPED PROGRAM,
PART OF OUR MI-BEST, TO HELP REACH MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE WORKING
TO LEARN ENGLISH WHILE ALSO ACQUIRING THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO FIND A CAREER. THESE INDIVIDUALS
HAVE A PROFOUND SENSE OF URGENCY AND I THANK THEM FOR BEING HERE TODAY. HERE IS A HALLMARK
OF URGENCY ABOUT OUR APARTMENT MAINTENANCE PROGRAM HERE AT MONTGOMERY COLLEGE.>>WE HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF APARTMENTS AND
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY. THERE IS A HUGE NEED HERE. WHEN THEY
COME OUT OF THIS PROGRAM THEY HAVE TWO NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATES THAT ARE INDUSTRY
CERTIFICATES THAT ARE IMPORTANT FOR THEM GETTING AND KEEPING A JOB.>>I COULD NOT FIND A JOB. EVEN THOUGH I HAD
EXPERIENCE NO ONE WAS HIRING ME.>>THE INDUSTRY GENERATES, SAYS LOOK WE NEED
TECHNICIANS. WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH PEOPLE TO FILL THIS JOB. THEY TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO
DEVELOP A CURRICULUM AND A CERTIFICATION PROCESS. WE HAVE A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE
NATIONAL APARTMENT ASSOCIATION AND THEY’VE BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF US, AND THEY HAVE GONE
THE EXTRA MILE TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS WORKING SMOOTHLY, BECAUSE IT IS TO THEIR
BENEFIT. THEY HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN THIS KIND OF PROGRAM,AND THEY’RE TRYING TO REPLICATE
IT AROUND THE COUNTRY. WHAT IS NICE ABOUT THIS IS THAT IT INTEGRATES BASIC SKILLS INTO
THE TECHNICAL TRAINING PROGRAM. TWO INSTRUCTORS IN THE CLASSROOM. ONE DEALS WITH BASIC SKILLS,
THE OTHER WITH TECHNICAL CONTENT. THEY TEAM TEACH.>>15 MINUTES AND STOP. ANOTHER 15 MINUTES,
THE ENGLISH TEACHER CHECKS EVERYBODY, EVERY STUDENT, AND SEES HOW MUCH THEY UNDERSTAND,
HOW THEY CAN EXPLORE. IF IT IS OK, WE GO FORWARD WITH THE LESSON. IT IS A VERY GOOD TECHNIQUE.>>IT IS A WAY TO GET THOSE STUDENTS THE TECHNICAL
TRAINING THAT THEY WANT, KEEP THEIR INTEREST LEVEL HIGH, AND AT THE SAME TIME GIVE THEM
THE BASIC SKILLS THAT THEY REALLY NEED TO SUCCEED.>>THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR US. WE HAVE
A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE PROPER JOB.>>ANO SO, I GET A CHANCE.>>DR. POLLARD: THAT GETS ME EVERY TIME I
SEE THAT. WE ARE DOING PHENOMENAL WORK. WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO MORE.
I CAN TELL YOU THIS UNEQUIVOCALLY, THE STATE OF OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORK IS STRONG
AND MONTGOMERY COLLEGE IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THE STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY
THAT WE SERVE.