The College of Business at Tennessee Tech University is offering its third so-called Professional Development Week this week. As a part of the program, each business student attends workshops on written and oral communications along with sessions on other professional development topics. Amy Jo Carpenter, a student-to-career program manager and organizer of the Professional Development Week, says the week "serves as a 'rite of passage' into the next phase of a student's college career."
Speakers range from local business professionals to politicians and CEOs. Employers from companies all over the nation attend and all serve as mentors for students. The oral and written communication workshops are presented by local professionals and cover the importance of impeccable and accomplished oral and written communication skills in the workplace.