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Students Participate in Leadership Training Seminar


Several J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College students attended a Student Leadership Training Seminar held at Drake State by students from University of Alabama in Huntsville.  The curriculum focused on the latest phenomenon of having four generations in the workforce.  These unique generations are categorized as Traditionalists (born between 1925-1945), Baby Boomers (1945-1965), Gen X’ers (1965-1985) and Millennials (1985-2005).

According to the presentation provided to the students, each generation is unique.  They communicate in different ways, using different technologies and seek information in different ways, as well.  This creates a special challenge with supervision, communication, and motivation in the workplace. Traditionalists are conservative, use formal communication, demand quality and work ethic is based on productivity.  Baby Boomers hold higher positions at this time and are the largest group in the workforce.  Their work ethic is based on hours worked, clear ability to show success, and obeying rules. The Gen X generation are independent and self-reliant.  They enjoy immediate and constant communication, reject rules, learn in the workplace and are suspicious of Baby Boomer values.  The Millennials are achievement oriented.  They require instant gratification, have shorter attention spans, use informal and open communication and work to live, not live to work.   

Chiquita Thomas, a Drake State Alumnus and employee, stated that “The scenarios used to simulate the workplace were really effective in demonstrating how the different generations communicate.”  She continued “It is similar to the community college education system today, each generation interprets and perceives information differently, and it causes some instructors to find alternative teaching methods that would adapt to the different generation’s learning style.” 

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