After President Peter Ho called the meeting to order, Charlie Huffman led us in patriotic song with Carl Bolte, followed by President Peter Ho leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Courtney Brooks provided the Invocation. Glenn Crawford welcomed and introduced guests. This week’s Greeters were Tyros. Our weekly 50/50 drawing continued.
Planning Session for the Club Board, Camp Board, Club Foundation Board and the Kansas City Day Committee is coming up. Marc Horner alerted us of the April 30th Rotary Foundation Legacy Centennial Dinner. Club 13 was the initial $26.50 contributor to the Rotary International Foundation. There are still 8 seats @ $45 per ticket available for George Wendt at the New Theater on February 9th. Linn Mills let us know that “Shoes for Orphan Souls” was coming up and to bring your checkbook next week to start our contributions. Steve McMahon did last week’s Bagel Run, collecting bagels on Saturday morning for charity.
PROGRAM - SPEAKER:
Peter Ho introduced our speaker, Dr. Bernard Franklin PhD, on the topic of “Workforce Development with Charging Demographic”.
BACKGROUND. Dr. Bernard Franklin received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and earned his master’s in Counseling and Behavioral Studies from the University of South Alabama and a Ph. D. in Counseling and Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Family Studies from Kansas State University. Among Dr. Franklin’s higher education career position, he was formerly the President of Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Franklin has served as the Vice President and Urban Director at the National Center for Fathering.
The Future of America – will Kansas City be ready for the new economy. Will the Silicon Prairie opportunity come and leave? Dr. Franklin recommend the book “Thank You For Being Late” by Thomas Freedman. The rate of acceleration of change is increasing and for many is moving too fast. Have you heard about the Google house in which every appliance is connected to the internet. Your refrigerator will contact the grocery store (that you have selected), order the groceries, and Uber (manned and maybe later unmanned) will deliver it to your home. Acceleration is moving and everyone needs to get ready.
Colleges have many challenges. (Dr Franklin works with his alma mater, KSU). “For the first time, we are preparing students for a future we cannot clearly describe”. College now takes six years and is harder to afford. Employers want student sooner. Enrollment growth is expected to slow down, if not decline. Traditional white middle class families are having fewer children. We are in the midst of an 11% decline in the general student population. On the other hand, Hispanics students are increasing by 27%. Pacific Asian student numbers are also increasing.
We are having a demographic’s shift. This is factored in with ability to pay issues and student academic preparation issues. Colleges will need to monitor student borrowing (student loan program indebtedness). Educational preparation is lacking for Blacks, Latino’s and Native American freshmen. Dr. Franklin has seen essays submitted to him without ANY punctuation. 1 in 10 low income students complete college. This is an important concern because these people will be our future workforce. 1st generation college students tend to be from low income families, Latino or African American, have low college entrance exam results, and lack support from home. 47% of African American males graduate from high school versus 78% of white males. This result, in part, from the low achievement level, high suspension & expulsion rates, single parent homes, and lack of positive male role models. A substantial percentage (1/3) can’t read, write or do basic math. We need to bring the education system around in order to provide better prepared students for college to generate a work force that can adapt to the changing workplace.
One audience question linked the previous week’s speaker, in that we already have a large (and growing) number of well-paying blue collar jobs (i.e. truck drivers or welders) that don’t require college degrees that are not being filled. Dr. Franklin acknowledged that fact as well as his perspective in addressing the college situation.
End of Meeting.