Professional Development Week kicks off Monday

The Student Success Center will be having Professional Development Week, a week of workshops to help students learn and apply professional techniques to their lives, Nov. 9 through 13 in Johnson Hall. Students choose a written workshop, an oral workshop and two additional workshops of their choice to attend.

“This week is important because of the importance of networking and the importance of contacts.” Amy Carpenter, dean of College of Business, said. “This allows students to meet the people (speakers) at Professional Development Week and they are the type of people who remember who you are.”

Guest speakers for these additional workshops include Tennessee State Representative Henry Fincher, President of Community Bank of the Cumberland Dan Calcote, Beth Null Dorris of State Farm, director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Melinda Keifer, and Alice Camuti, director of Career Services at Tech. More information about these speakers is available at www.tntech.edu/scbusiness/professional-development-week.

“These people have changed things not just in Tennessee but all over,” Carpenter said. “They made it a better place.”

Although it is required for all business students going into upper division, students from any major can attend.

“You can go to class and go home and work on good grades, but without enriching your own experience through a personal network, you don’t enrich the lives of others either,” Carpenter said.

Students will also have the opportunity to become involved in the Beth Null Dorris internship program.

The dress is business casual and sign up is available online at www.tntech.edu/scbusiness/professional-development-week.