Organizing, Implementing, and Maintaining a Community College InVEST Program Mary Leslie Grossmont College El Cajon, CA
Organizing a Community College InVEST Program Find: One Dedicated Insurance Agent Include Representatives from: Professional Organizations Insurance Companies/Agencies College Business Departments
Organizing a Community College InVEST Program Discuss: Employer Needs Curriculum Student Services Continuing Education Job Placement Funding
Implementing a Community College InVEST Program Find a feasible, adaptable model, such as . . .
Office Professional Training Grossmont College El Cajon, CA
OPT Mission Statement It is the mission of theOfficeProfessionalTraining program to provide unemployed students with the educational training and support services that will empower them to compete in a high technology environment.
OPT At-A-Glance • Established in 1985 • Dynamic faculty and support staff • 20-week, fast-track curriculum: 12-20 units • Trained 2,000+ Office Professionals
Bob Captain InVEST Program Insurance Instructor of the Year 2001 OPT Awards • Technology Hero Golden Mouse Award 2005Technology Training Foundation of America • Student Success Award 1999Chancellor and Board of GovernorsCalifornia Community Colleges • #1 Grant-Funded Program 1996California Community CollegeAdministrators of Occupational Education
Clients Served • Laid-off Workers • Long-term Unemployed • Single Parents • TANF/CalWORKs Recipients • Homeless Adults
Student Benefits • Free Training and Books • Personal Counseling • Mentoring / Tutoring • Child Care Referral • Financial Aid Assistance • Job Placement Assistance
Community Benefits • Job-ready graduates in just 20 weeks • Increased workforce productivity • Economic self-sufficiency
Career Tracks • Insurance (InVEST) • Accounting • Banking/Financial Services • Office/Admin. Support
Pretraining Module English Basics Math Basics Computer Basics Life Skills Office Procedures Keyboarding Business English and Communication Effective Job Search Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Core Classes
Electives • Introduction to Insurance Principles • Elementary Accounting • Computerized Accounting: QuickBooks Pro • Introduction to Banking & Financial Services • MicroSoft: Outlook / Access / PowerPoint • Filing
Insurance • Introduction to Basic Insurance Principles Banking/ Financial Services Introduction to Banking & Financial Services
Accounting • Elementary Accounting • Computerized Accounting: QuickBooks Pro Office/Admin. Support Filing Outlook
Job Market Needs General Office • File / Mail Clerks • Receptionists • Office Managers • Banking • File / Mail Clerks • New Account Clerks • Bank Tellers • Customer Service Representatives Insurance • File / Mail Clerks • Customer Service Representatives • Claims Processors Accounting • Payroll Specialists • Accounts Receivable Clerks • Accounts Payable Clerks • Bookkeepers
Computer Literacy Transferable Skills Organizational Skills Flexibility Attention to Detail Exemplary Work Habits Ability to Meet Deadlines Effective Communication Skills Respect for Cultural Diversity Successful OPT Graduates Have
OPT Advantages • Mission-oriented faculty and staff • Case-management approach • Community vs. commuting outlook • Students supporting students • Industry contacts • Graduate mentors • OPT Alumni Association
And Many More! We wish we had time to list them all!
OPT Funding Sources • Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) • California Employment Training Panel (ETP) • Individual, Corporate, and Foundation Donations
OPT Funding Outreach Program Needs: • Tuition, Fees, and Textbooks • Personal/Crisis Counselor • Clerical Assistant • Program Specialist (Recruiting and Job Placement) • Professional Clothing • Emergency Assistance
OPT Changes Lives • Independence • Self-sufficiency • Self-confidence • Can-do attitude You Can Help!
Here’s How: • Become a Member of the Business Advisory Council • Mentor Students • Conduct Practice Interviews • Speak to Classes about What Employers Expect • Provide Internship Opportunities • Hire Our Graduates • Donate Professional Clothing • Contribute Financial Support
Ways to Support OPT • GoodSearch.com • Donate a penny to us, every time you search • Albertsonscp.com (ID #49001002111) • Ralphs.com (NPO #82387) • Auction Items • Mentor Night in March and October • Recycling: Cans, Bottles, & Cell Phones
Your Contribution Helps to Cover: Costs for One Year (50 students per semester) $1,000 Tuition, Fees, & Textbooks $ 500 Counseling Services $ 500 Placement Services $ 500 Clerical Assistance $2,500 / student x 100 $250,000 Total Program Costs
2008-2009 Supporters of OPT • Albertsons Community Partners • Crossroads Foundation • East County Personnel Association • Golden Eagle Insurance Corporation • Goodsearch.com • Independent Brokers and Agents • Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation • OPT Alumni Association
2008-2009 Supporters of OPT • The Otto Family Foundation • Professional Women in Insurance • Ralphs • San Diego Insurance Staffing • San Diego Insurance Women • Souplantation • Stern Family Foundation • Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation • U.S. Bancorp Foundation • Union Bank Foundation
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Keys to a Successful Community College InVEST Program • A dedicated insurance agent • College commitment • Student services • Financial support • Continuing education • Employment opportunities