The Collinsville Chamber featured representatives from Northeast Technology Center (NTC) at its monthly membership luncheon on Thursday, March 2.
NTC is a public career and technology education center based out of Pryor offering full-time high school and adult classes, short-term adult education classes, and business and industry services.
Soft Skills Trainer Sara Stephens, MBA, and Business Development Consultant Liberty Shere, M. Ed., both spoke as the keynotes during Thursday’s event.
The representatives offered local business leaders in attendance information about the school as well as viable methods to improve their daily business models.
“Our purpose was to establish a relationship with the Collinsville community and inform them of all of the services that NTC, especially our business and industry services, has to offer them,” Shere said.
Stephens and Shere discussed various strength-finder tools and healthy habits to success, in addition to helpful strategies to build an effective media presence in the industry.
They held an engaging and interactive customer relations workshop with Thursday’s attendees that allowed them to create a news story promoting their business using different components.
This involved analyzing story elements such as headlines, source quotes and background information; media values like conflict, importance and actuality; and types of publicity such as events, opinions and product releases.
“It was a really great turnout, and it was a lot of different organizations represented,” Shere said. “We can customize (that) training to fit their needs … I think it’s important because there’s a need, especially in the rural areas.”
Stephens added, “That’s what we try to do is just educate people on what we have to offer, and hopefully they’ll utilize it. We want them to have something tangible to leave with and something they can actually implement and use.”
For more information about Northeast Technology Center, visit www.netech.edu, or call 918-825-7040.