Twenty-eight Torrance Unified School District teachers and administrators met yesterday to participate in a program hosted by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce called “Educators in the Workplace.” This program was created as a vital link between classroom learning and the 21st century workforce.
Yesterday’s visit included the Torrance Marriott and the Doubletree by Hilton Torrance. Educators at each site were greeted and provided tours by hotel general managers, housekeeping staff, human resources, front office personnel, leadership team, as well as other employees on staff. At each location, educators listened to presentations on skill sets that are important to secure an employment position. In addition to the required skills, educators also learned the importance of communication, collaboration, accountability, critical thinking and problem solving, work ethic and perseverance in the workplace.
Amanda Schwabenbauer, Senior Sales Manager at the Doubletree, discussed the importance of finding passion in your work. “Individuals must be passionate in what they do,” she commented. Kandee Anderson, General Manager of the Torrance Marriott, also encouraged the importance of mentors. “It is so important for high school students to have someone they feel comfortable with in exploring career options,” she explained.
Yesterday’s visit was the second full day of business visits for the 28 educators. In all, 15 businesses will be toured with an expected outcome of developing partnerships between educators and businesses that will assist students in succeeding in the workplace and in college.
by Donna Duperron
Donna is the President & CEO of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. Do you have questions about or concerns for business in Torrance? Donna would like to know. Feel free to contact her at any time.