Catawba Valley Community College’s School of Business, Industry & Technology recently hosted a formal business luncheon for business students. The luncheon was held in the Wells Fargo conference room at the college’s Corporate Development Center.
Coordinated by Renee Dyer, CVCC business instructor, and Dr. Darcie Tumey, CVCC business department director, the luncheon provides students an opportunity to practice soft skills and interact with business professionals. They dress in professional business attire and practice business etiquette.
Some employers consider these skills more crucial than hard, or job-specific skills. For many job candidates, a formal business dinner is part of the interview process. CVCC’s business faculty prepares its students for these situations by teaching communication, interpersonal skills, and business etiquette with activities like this.
Kevin Grayson, assistant director of advanced technology at NC State University’s Industry Expansion Solutions, was guest speaker. He spoke on the topic of Innovation Engineering, a defined system to boost innovation within a company. Grayson provides strategic consulting, including ISO 9000, market growth, new product introduction, innovation strategies, and new product design. Grayson has also been a Baldrige National Quality Award examiner for 16 years. He is an adjunct instructor in NCSU’s Biomedical Engineering department and serves on the board of innovation advisors for Thinc, a division of Cherry Bekert.
The School of Business, Industry & Technology will offer a similar experiential opportunity to practice soft skills next spring in conjunction with Gardner-Webb University.
For more information about how CVCC is integrating soft skills into business and other curriculum, contact Renee Dyer, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Darcie Tumey, email@example.com.