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Re-entering the work force

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Enhancing your life-skills:  ... Project Academy provides people who are re-entering the work force by learning life-skills for college or career entry.  We also offer after-school and pre-employment programs that build community and company value.

 

We are a Massachusetts 501( C ) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting veteran service personal and other workers to learn skills that will help them succeed in a career or additional schooling (college and career readiness (CCR ))

 

 

 Uniqueness of the training:

  • ·      Ownership mindset ... Think like an owner

  • ·     Cultural Engineering mindset ... Provide leadership & management of a project

  • ·     Growth mindset  ...Your brain is like a muscle, use it or lose it

  • ·     Team mindset  ... To be successful. need to work together

  • ·     Brand mindset ... Who are you and how to show the world

 

 

Life-Skills ...Students become cognitively aware of their life skills while  doing activities:

 

From our experiences in business & education, we have created a curriculum that sifted out the manual part of work and created thinking employees with unique mindset thinking and life-skills to be productive in your organization.  These are the people that AI will be difficult to replace.

 

• Attitude (positive attitude, focus, emotions, flexible, moral leadership )

• Social & emotional learning ( character developmentempathy, responsibility, self-esteem )

• Team-work ( charter, respect, values, listening, trust, diversity, culture, ) ,,, working like a sports team

• Problem solving ( creative & critical thinking, decisions, planning, curiosity, reflection  )

• Personal skills (financial literacy,  time management,  communication )

• Business literacy (quality, processes, matrices, reporting, leadership, judgement )

  • Key Company Interface  Email, Social networking, YouTube, Self-branding skills (Who you are ), Networking

 

 

 

 

 

Flowchart: Alternate Process: Focused-Simplified 
Tailored to the organization 
Starter projects
Flowchart: Alternate Process: Present Teams- Problem solving

Curved Down Arrow: Feedback

Flowchart: Alternate Process: Focused-Simplified 
Tailored to the organization 
Starter projects
Flowchart: Alternate Process: Present Teams- Problem solving

Curved Down Arrow: Feedback

Flowchart: Alternate Process: Focused-Simplified 
Tailored to the organization 
Starter projects
Overview plan:

   Need:

  People need updated skills for employment

  They  need a learning community…   

  Corporate partners

  Positive & responsive employees

  Reduced employment costs

 

Missing Skills according to corporate America

·       Attitude

·       Social & Emotional skills

·       Team player / Planning

·       Problem-solving

·       Communication

·       Listening/ Financial literacy

 

 

 

  Our Plan … Holistic & help create d  Dreams

  Training plan

   Jobs … tie in with companies

   Logistics:

·             Tie in with court system

·             Family & community

·                Follow-up services

·             Life-long learning

  Problems are opportunities

  People involved/own their learning  

  Mentors, Tie into other organizations

 Building your brand & electronic              identity      

 

    Outcomes:

How / Uniqueness

 

Infuse life-skills during the training

Thinking like an owner of your own business.   Ownership mindset

Listen to their needs

Self-directed work teams

Cultural Engineering mindset (CEM)… leadership/ management skills   

Questions are the answer… be curiosity

The brain is like a muscle … use it or lose it … Growth mindset

Scheduled feedback & assessment with students

 

  • ·         Provide  a chance to enter the work force with marketable s      skills & positive attitude

  • ·         Build a community culture of helping each other

  • ·        Encourages personal values & commitment within the companies …       Cost saving & better culture

·      Builds a work ethic & improved corp. values

·      Develops & encourages smiling, enthusiasm & thinking

·      Move from a military culture to a civilian culture 

                     

 
   

Project Academy Corp. Culture --

 The following is our Corporate culture that we follow and believe in:

 
 

Key Word:

Description:

 

 

Expectations

We will have high expectations to achieve the best results for things we strive for. Our outlook will be to always make things better than what we found. 

 

Trying something different

We should be willing to take risk in doing our projects and activities. We are looking for amazing things to be accomplished by all of us.

 

Believe in people

Each of us are unique in what we can do and accomplish. We look for the good versus the bad in our make-up.  W should strive to become better in our outlook.

 

Community

Our organization doe not exist alone but is part of a community of others.  We should strive to continuously be looking to make it better and be an active member.

 

Values:

Caring, Empathy, Striving for the best. Loving kindness, Trust, Respect, Curiosity, Thinking skills (creativity, critical, questions, reflection), Responsibility. No excuses

 

Language:

We should communicate with our fellow team member to achieve results that make them look better and have a positive outlook towards them.

Our body language is a smiling face that looks at you in a positive way. We greet each other when we meet. and are polite and not aggressive.

 

Rituals:

We should take the time to celebrate our actions and communicate what we are planning or achieved.

We use visual measurement to communicate and keep each of us posted on our schedule

 

Overall symbol:

“Faber Est Suae Quisque Fortunae”

Everyone is the maker of their destiny

 

Our vision, goals, mission and purpose

Our organization documents are posted, clearly reviewed and discussed. We shall in include where necessary, time frames, measurements and expected outcomes to make sure these items are real.

 

Mindset thinking:

·      Ownership mindset … think like an owner

·       Cultural engineering mindset … manage tasks around a project

·       Growth mindset … The brain is like a muscle use it or lose it

·       Team mindset: …work together like a winning learning team.

 

 

 

 
 Class room activities: Our instruction is based on project based learning vs "caulk & talk" learning.

 

One-hour Class Period Structure 

 


  • 15 min. of class learning/discussion 
  • 30 min. of Exercise / Activities by the teams
  • Break 

 

 

Class Activities  ... Tied to the curriculum 

 


 

Uniqueness of our training

 

Image result for unique approachOur approach is unique in that it brings together the needs of both sides in the workplace. Our program shows the new trainees how that can interface with the companies’ values while building their strengths to become a needed employee or owner.  The company gets an employee with a culture and values that fit nicely into a corporate culture.

The following are our Uniqueness:

The program focuses on teaching life-skills to create a well-rounded individual who will fit into the work environment.  It uses the concept of mindset thinking around the following:

·        Ownership mindset ... Think like an owner

·        Cultural Engineering mindset ... Provide leadership & management of a   project

·        Growth mindset  ...Your brain is like a muscle, use it or lose it

·        Team mindset ... To be successful. need to work together

·         Brand mindset ... Who are you and how to show the world 

·         Life skills … Students become cognitively aware of their life skills while doing activities

 

Project based learning activities …Self-direct learning

o   Getting to know each other

o   Team creation ,,, learning & building a culture

o   Picking a problem to work on

o   Problem solving

o   Public reporting

 From our experiences in business & education, we have created a curriculum that sifted out the manual part of work and created thinking employees with unique mindset thinking and life-skills to be productive in your organization.  These are the people that AI will be difficult to replace.

 

 

Training Flow map:

 

 

 

 

 

 

          Detail project Plans 

The basic project for the students:

The learning can be broken into major parts

After each part, the students will do exercises around What skills did i use; Do a reflection about what they learned, what could have been better and other thoughts

 

 

Set-Up

Adding    Competition & Awards (using script funds)

1.0

 

Student Engagement Discussion

 

  • Do you want to learn Life-Skills?

 

  • Can you take ownership of your learning?
 Ice Breaker ...   Marshmallow project (Begin our thoughts on the problem to be solved)

Brain Plasticity (Mindset)

Breaking the Ice with strengths

 

After doing the Ice-breaker assignment, Discuss the program goals, Their thoughts and discussion.
What are the life-skills they think are important moving forward in college or career. Create a list
Have the same teams that did the ice-breaker, take the assignment to work on:
  • How are we going to mange our project by developing our assessment rules
  • How are going to work together (interpersonal)
  • How are we going to manage the classroom with the students doing the management( who, what roles, how )

Outcomes:

2.0 Forming teams and setting community values, norms

Flip learning page

Outcomes:

2.5 Skills Introduction

Where to infuse life-Skills

3.0 Problem solving process...  Project Cards

Flip:  Problem-Solving

Outcomes:

4.0 Public reporting and feedback

Outcomes:

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Tools/Quick notes:

Web site for links to Life-Skills descriptions Link
Culture
Team
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

   Vince Lombardi
 

 

Processes Activities
One-pager Conflict resolution
Discussion Team charter work sheet
Flow-map Team roles work sheet
Five principles Listening skills
  Like a sports team
  Team work sheet

 

 

Team members questions to themselves What do I bring to the team? 2. What are our commitments to one another? 3. What differences exist between us? 4. How will we operate? 5. How will we know we are succeeding?
Learning life skills & having fun

 

The art or act of improvising, or of  composing, uttering, executing, or arranging  anything without previous preparation:

 

 

Apprenticeships

 

Problem-Solving

 

Improv File
Assessment/Rubrics File
Questions & learning File
Project framing File
Picking the problem File
Planning & schedule File  Getting set-up to do the project
Elevator pitch File    Short presentation of key items that you did
Mapping File   Information gathering plus how they are connected
Learning Process File

Brain Plasticity

File

Thinking skills

Creative thinking

Critical thinking
Questioning
Meta-cognitive thinking
Reflection (feedback)

 

File  Maintain the state of doubt and to carry on systematic and protracted inquiry --- these are the essentials of thinking

 

 

Learning targets File Learning targets are short term goals or statements
Self-Reflection of the project File
Benefits of the process File
Preparing for the presentation check-sheet File
Scamper File   Coming up with ways to find new ideas
Links from home page of Project Academy

 

the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual

Interview Process File
 
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