Norco College held its 2nd Annual Industry Summit on Friday, April 27. In attendance were 117 faculty, students and industry professionals, more than double last year’s turnout. The Summit was designed to offer Career Technical Education faculty the opportunity to meet with local industry representatives and discuss ways to align programs with employer needs and to facilitate student internships and work experience.
CTE faculty shared curriculum and course content and received invaluable comments, feedback and suggestions. Many employers indicated they wanted to strengthen relationships with Norco College by mentoring students, providing internships, guest lecturing in classes, or attending future career fairs.
Associate Professor of Business Patty Worsham shared one example of how important this Summit is to students. During one small group discussion about learning outcomes in accounting courses, a student attendee, Jonathan Truitt, was asked about his experiences. Truitt presented himself so well that he was offered an internship at the Riverside County Courthouse. “This event is evidence that the industry–education partnership not only advances CTE programs, but directly impacts the lives of students,” said Kevin Fleming, associate dean, Career & Technical Education.