J-Tech, a nonprofit institution, provides comprehensive career advisement and a transitional program into the workplace. Student advisors provide career guidance and assist students in developing a transitional plan to the workplace. Assistance with job placement is also provided. A current list of available positions is continually updated and accessible to all J-Tech graduates. The Outreach Coordinator, in conjunction with the Program Manager, will assist in graduate job placement.
At J-Tech, we integrate the “soft skills” required for workplace success right into the daily curriculum. What are soft skills? Knowledge of expected work ethics, time management skills, and the ability to communicate, problem-solve, and contribute to improving the work environment and customer service. Today’s employers are seeking employees that not only have the technical skill sets for the job, but have the capacity to understand the work environment and contribute to the quality of service of a business. A recent survey indicated 75% of employers stated that soft skills were important, or more important, than technical skills.*
*Seattle Jobs Initiative. (2013). The Importance of Soft Skills in Entry-Level Employment and Postsecondary Success. Author: Jennifer Pritchard. full text
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J-Tech requires a College and Career Planning course as part of the Automotive and Diesel Technology Programs in preparing students for transition to the working world. Topics include professionalism, leadership and team building, time management and organizational skills, internal and external business communications, and developing an employment plan. The employment plan includes targeting employment opportunities, practice interview techniques, writing resumes, and mastering the online application process.
An abbreviated seminar in workplace readiness is provided in the Commercial Truck Driving Program to ensure the students enrolled in that program are prepared for the transition to the commercial trucking industry.
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