Martin is Featured Speaker at Annual Electrical Week Luncheon
Dr. David Martin, Dean of the School of Business at St. John Fisher College, was the featured speaker at the Annual Electrical Week Luncheon, presented by the Electrical Association of Western New York on February 11. His presentation, “Let’s Hear it for Rochester Higher Education: A Tremendous Asset for this Region,” spoke about the benefits of higher education to the region as well as some of the current and future challenges higher education is facing locally and nationally.
Martin focused on the economic impact of colleges and universities in the region, sharing that 5% of the workforce in New York State is either directly or indirectly related to higher education. After analyzing the top employers in New York State from 1964 to 2009, he pointed out the noticeable change in the kind of work being performed.
“Manufacturing has been vastly reduced and now services - medical, business, education - have taken the lead. Higher education has something to do with the job shift by offering world-class programs that positively impact the region,” he said.
He also addressed the challenges and changes higher education is facing, particularly in the way students learn today and how it is different from the way they used to learn. Martin said students now learn visually, as opposed to more conventional auditory methods, and they no longer study alone, but tend to study together in groups. He focused on some of the ways that Fisher, and the other area colleges, have adapted to the changing learning methods of their students.
Martin said the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise, which will be the new home of the School of Business, is being designed to meet the needs of the digital age by adding mediascapes and other interactive technologies that will allow students to stay engaged and current.
“In this ever-changing world, higher education will continue to play a vital part in the future of Rochester, and throughout the world. By better preparing students and adapting to changing learning environments, education will continue to be an invaluable asset in the lives of many,” said Martin.