Monday, February 16, 2015

A Building Block for Economic Prosperity

The Silver Creek Campus


"Learning is a key to prosperity in all dimensions of life.  
Therefore, creating and growing a culture of lifelong learning is an 
essential element to achieving enduring prosperity."
-Unknown


Question:

How can we maintain the NPC Silver Creek Campus as currently constituted to benefit not only our local residents, but residents of the entire White Mountain Region?


Prosperity

The make-up of any community is vital to its prosperity, including rural communities, like Snowflake & Taylor.  Whether in a formal or informal setting, one key institution that contributes to that prosperity is education or facilitating lifelong learning.  The NPC Silver Campus currently provides our community a platform to acquire formal, programmed learning leading to certifications and degrees requisite for entry into desired careers.  In addition to providing those programs and current services to our community, the campus could become a hub of self-directed learning for the entire White Mountain Region, with little or no additional funding.


An Entrepreneurial Learning Community

The purpose of this post is to propose the benefit of maintaining the Silver Creek Campus and current staff to facilitate self-directed, just-in-time learning; learning initiated and directed by individuals to help them resolve pressing challenges and take advantage of opportunities to prosper.  In particular, build and grow a culture of entrepreneurship and economic prosperity for our community, and moreover, the White Mountain Region.

In a previous post (http://thesilvercreekeconomy.blogspot.com) it was suggested the compelling benefit of the NPC Silver Creek Campus Library is to be found in it's possibilities.  That observation not only applies to the Library, but to the entire Campus.  It can become an economic driver by serving residents of our region as a resource for developing and growing an entrepreneurial mindset and culture; an accelerator for innovative business models that create and deliver products and services that address the pressing needs of individuals worldwide.

Facilitating self-directed learning projects would add a dimension to learning that can apply to a number of disciplines and answer the learning needs of residents throughout our region.  For example, a creative focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning.  

Such projects could be initiated by anyone in the region and the Library could serve as a clearinghouse for directing individuals to resources and projects they could learn from and contribute to.  Even projects on what self-directed learning is, how to learn and apply the skills involved, and why it is so important to prosperity now and in the future in the world of education and work.  

A core of volunteer, learning mentors and coaches could be assembled, eliminating the need for additional paid staff while multiplying the learning resources and capacity of the college.  NPC could become a leader and model for providing meaningful lifelong, self-directed learning for residents of rural communities throughout the nation.

Moreover, high school students could be introduced to the process of self-directed lifelong learning to compliment their formal, programmed learning.  It could serve as a key portal for them to post high school education.


Self-Directed Learning Internships

Learning Internships could be offered to high school & college students to boost available work in our region through entrepreneurial projects; good-paying internships offering the opportunity to learn while introducing them to the world of work.


Conclusion

1) Developing the campus as a center for entrepreneurship & lifelong, self-directed learning would jumpstart a sustainable economic recovery for prosperity in our community and throughout the White Mountain Region (including a funding source for the college).

2) It would be a resource in our region to facilitate lifelong learning that addresses the pressing needs and wants of our residents, and

3) Allow NPC to become a leader and model of providing meaningful lifelong, self-directed learning throughout the nation in rural communities.



What Do You Think?

As always, your constructive comments are welcomed.

Next Post

The NPC Silver Creek Campus:
Self-Directed Learning & Internships


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The Silver Creek Economy blog is sponsored by Partnering Technologies, an Arizona-based Learning & Development Company.  Their focus is helping individuals and organizations learn, consistently apply, and master a skill-set that is always in high demand, always highly valued, and always highly paid.  Its founder is Jim Sanderson. Contact him at madison85937@yahoo.com.


Visit their website at www.partneringtechnologies.blogspot.com and find out what they are doing to build a more prosperous economy for our community now and in the future..

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NPC Silver Creek Campus

The Why for Keeping The Library



A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.
It is a never failing spring in the desert.”
― Andrew Carnegie


With rapid change in the world becoming the norm, facilitating ongoing learning that helps individuals prosper now and in the future is a necessity that will only increase with intensity over time.  As a community, maintaining the Library at the NPC Silver Creek Campus is vital to that process.

Consider the following.


Learner Responsibility

First and foremost, the nature education in the 21st Century requires individuals to take greater control and responsibility for their learning; not just acquiring the initial and advanced credentials, such as degrees & certifications, etc., but just as importantly, if not more so, taking responsibility for lifelong learning that keeps pace in a world of constant, rapid change.  In all dimensions of living (work, recreation, health, etc.) becoming an agile learner is essential to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities of that change.

The importance of greater learner responsibility is underscored in this article on Self-Directed Learning. Why Self-Directed Learning http://www.taosinstitute.net/Websites/taos/Images/ResourcesManuscripts/Informal%20Learning%20of%20Kidney%20Recipient%20IJSDL_5.1-2008.pdf#page=6



Learning & Working Online

Second, learning how to learn & work online.  In the coming years, more and more higher paying work will be done online through collaboration with others worldwide and require expertise in learning & working online.  It will require cross-disciplinary cooperation in creating new and better ways of getting important things done and ultimately serving the individual needs of people not only in our local community, but nationally and worldwide... In short, the ability to  create sustainable, compelling value with and for others throughout the world will become a necessity for high-paying careers.


The Learning Resource Center (Library)

This brings me to the main point of this post:  the vital importance of maintaining the library at the NPC Silver Creek Campus.  It's a key element in helping individual community residents learn how to learn and work online; how to develop and hone their ability to function and prosper in a world of change.  It serves as a vital resource to facilitate learning that helps residents accomplish what's important to them and take greater responsibility for lifelong learning in all areas of their lives.

Moreover, the compelling benefit of the Library is found in its possibilities.  It can become a dynamic resource in:

1) developing a culture of local economic prosperity & entrepreneurship,

2) retaining local talent (there are a number of individuals and families who want to live in our community but of necessity must go elsewhere for opportunity) and,

3) facilitating attraction of talent from outside our community.  Opportunity is a magnet for talent, and developing a highly valued learning culture is an integral part of any opportunity mix.


Conclusion

Maintaining the NPC Silver Creek Campus is vital to the prosperity of our Silver Creek Community.  As such, the Library becomes the very hub of learning in our community; a catalyst for lifelong learning that keeps us current and able to prosper in a world of constant change.


What Do You Think?

As always, your constructive comments are welcomed.


Next Post

The NPC Silver Creek Campus:  
A Cornerstone of Economic Prosperity In our Community

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The Silver Creek Economy blog is sponsored by Partnering Technologies, an Arizona-based Learning & Development Company.  Their focus is helping individuals and organizations learn, consistently apply, and master a skill-set that is always in high demand, always highly valued, and always highly paid.  Its founder is Jim Sanderson. Contact him at madison85937@yahoo.com.


Visit their website at www.partneringtechnologies.blogspot.com and find out what they are doing to build a more prosperous economy for our community now and in the future..