Ministry helps students learn to effectively communicate in the workplace
Hope Inspired Ministries is continuing to make efforts to give people who are chronically out of work, the skills they need to find a career. Denise Dukes, a speech therapist, came to speak to the Hope Inspired Ministry students about improving their word enunciation. She explained that poor enunciation can effect their ability to communicate effectively. Denise also introduced the concept of code switching, which is the ability to communicate effectively with one group and then immediately change to communicate effectively with people from a different culture, background, etc. This explains how students can easily communicate with other students and family members who share their culture, but have trouble effectively communicating in the workplace. The workplace requires more formal language, to which students sometimes find hard to make adjust. Denise is also working with students who speak softly, to help them project their voices.
In other good news, internship providers are giving reports of that our students possess a positive attitude and good work ethic. Because they are thriving in their internships, several students are likely to be hired right out of their internships. Some students have also been spending extra time in the computer lab developing their skills on Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
Thank you all for your support, prayers, and encouragement with this class. While we have had to dismiss more than we had hoped, we are very excited about the long-term potential of those who are set to graduate in a few weeks.