Visit to College of the Canyons, Careers for the Public Good, 3/29/19

I was honored to visit the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA on Friday, March 29, 2019. This was my third visit: I visited in 2016 and last year. I’m glad to support the civic engagement work that Patty Robinson is undertaking at the college.

My focus on this trip was looking at careers for the public good. I’ve spoken on this theme before and often incorporate my career bingo and peace entrepreneur activities which I did here.

I was visiting as part of an overall initiative to advance leadership with students. I divided students into six groups for the entrepreneur exercise. I have often see the most creativity from students in this activity. In teams they propose a “peace” related community project. For this group I got a range of proposed projects including efforts to end homelessness, encourage recycling, develop a community garden, setting up a program for individuals to talk about their differences, an event staging company, and a networking program matching volunteers with needs.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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