Dr. Christy Vincent is used to empowering students in her interpersonal, organizational and corporate communication courses at the University of Central Oklahoma. When she heard a former student, Becca Barsetti, was working at TEEM as a Job Placement Coordinator, she immediately saw an opportunity to provide her class with real-world experience while also increasing their awareness of the needs of Oklahoma communities.
Students enrolled in Dr. Vincent’s Corporate Training and Consulting course will participate in a semester-long project in which they’ll develop curriculum for a two-hour training session to be held at TEEM. In addition to building the training curriculum and supplementary materials from the ground up, students must also present the program to TEEM staff and participants at the semester’s conclusion.
In the process of understanding TEEM’s program objectives, Dr. Vincent and her students identified key learning needs of TEEM participants. The training course developed by UCO’s students will address topics such as interviewing skills, job search and applications, resumes and cover letters, employer benefits, paychecks and more.
Dr. Vincent’s class is helping accomplish TEEM’s mission by developing essential training to support a successful reentry. Once the training session is complete, TEEM aims to present the material to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) as an option for an ODOC-approved curriculum.