The City of Scottsdale and Global Ties Arizona hosted an International Visitor Leadership Program for delegates from the nation of Pakistan. The Pakistani’s stayed in Arizona for five days to discuss innovative ways of career planning and job placement for individuals looking to enter the work force. The group met with several professionals in the Scottsdale and Greater Phoenix areas to observe ongoing work of organizations strengthening Arizona’s economy and provided more jobs to more people.
This group’s first meeting was with the Director of Academic and Career Advisement at Scottsdale Community College, Mr. Michael Cornelius. Mr. Cornelius presented information on how the SCC Academic and Career Advisement Center helps community college students reevaluate their plans and check their progress towards reaching their career goals. This program increases the chances for students to be accepted into higher level post secondary educational institutions not only in Arizona, but around the country as well. Job placement and evaluation is another aspect of this groups assessment of each student.
The Pakistanis met with Mr. Keith Force, the Business Account Coordinator for Maricopa County Workplace Development at ARIZONA at Work. The group met Mr. Force at the West Valley Job Center to review the statewide workforce development network which helps employers of all sizes recruit; matching employers with job seekers and strengthening the state’s economy.
Mr. Randy Kimmens, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development at the Maricopa Community College District, who also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Career Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ) has years of experience in career planning and job placement programs. Mr. Kimmens met with our group from Pakistan to discuss how the volunteer professional Career/Technical Education (CTE) teachers and administrators provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce and provide professional development for CTE professionals and increase public awareness about the value and importance of CTE.
The Superintendent of Western Maricopa Education Center (West_MEC) discussed several ongoing projects of the organization with leaders from Pakistan. West-MEC is a unique public school district that focuses on hands-on learning industry certification to help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s careers. Students acquire the skills needed to be successful in their future - Since 2003 providing career and technical education across the Phoenix west valley.
During this visit, our Pakistani leaders observed programs such as; Aviation Airframe and Power Plant, CNC Machining/Manufacturing, and Welding Avionic Electronics. Mr. Donovan will provide information covering how they are preparing people to enter the workforce or improve their skills to improve their employment. This location also provides industry update training.
The group was joined by Ms. Diane McCarthy, Director of Business Partnerships, who explained the Arizona Business & Education Coalition (AZBEC) and how the organization, with a statewide membership, works to promote the direct correlations between the future of Arizona economy and the success of the school system.
On of the last meetings for our leaders from Pakistan was with the Assistant Director for Arizona State University’s Career Services department, Ms. Barbara Aarested. Ms. Aarested met with the group to discuss an overview of the University’s career programs and how ASU students are provided with comprehensive services in all areas of career advising and assessment, career events and fairs, educational programs, and ASU’s partnerships with local, state, regional and national employers.
Overall, the Pakistan delegation gained a great amount of respect for Arizona leaders working to supply the workforce with determined, educated young peoples. The Pakistani’s conversations with educational affiliates, such as ASU, yielded greater information for them to take back to their home country because of ASU’s size and reputation on a global scale.