Growth and Opportunity during Challenging Economic Times
Trying to weather difficult times can leave us feeling as if we’re walking through a thick fog. The path is unclear. The outcome is uncertain. The future seems beyond our control.
At times like these, we can benefit from a reflection upon our core values. Seeking to define our place in the world, we can often find answers to many of our questions.
We may not be in a position to right every wrong, fight every foe, fix everything that needs fixing, but we can gain strength and hope by centering our thoughts upon what we believe is our true purpose.
As we face the challenges of a bruised economy, it is important for organizations to reaffirm their purpose and mission, to reassess priorities and come to a greater understanding of what it will take to be successful in the future.
Pennsylvania College of Technology has taken those steps in recent months and has established a new system of initiative-based planning that relies on a cycle of assessment, planning, and resource allocation to create our blueprint for the future.
As individuals and as organizations, it is important that we live within our means. It also is important that we keep moving forward. Hard times can lead to new opportunities; we must allocated our resources in ways that inspire vision and encourage persistence in order to succeed in a changing world.
When the nation faced its Great Depression, the founders of our institution rose to the challenge and developed a nationally recognized program that partnered government, education and industry to solve training and workforce needs.
Ironically, even when unemployment was at its highest in the 1930s, there was a shortage of skilled workers. Those who were willing to learn and had access to education and training not only survived the tough times, they thrived. They were prepared for a new workforce, a new economy.
We face similar circumstances in the workforce today. There is a great need for men and women who know how to apply advanced and emerging technologies in a wide variety of fields, from the front lines and the assembly lines to the management teams and the executive offices. The ability to use technology and resources effectively truly is the keystone of career success in the 21st century.
As Pennsylvania’s premier technical college, Penn College is proud of its purpose and its opportunity to impact the future. Our most recent graduate surveys indicate that more than 90 percent of graduates continue to find employment or continue their education within a year of graduation. Our recent efforts to support workforce development in industries such as natural gas (Marcellus shale) and weatherization have gained national attention. We are positioned to support economic growth and to provide opportunities for men and women to gain the education and skills they need to succeed – even in the most trying economic times.
This is a defining moment in our history. With insightful planning and purpose, we can lead the way and inspire hope for the future.