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The Harford County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Harford County Public Library, held its monthly luncheon at Harford Community College on Thursday, October 19. The luncheon was well attended with more than 60 people.

A highlight of the event was a presentation by Rod Bourn, Coordinator for Workforce Development at Harford Community College. The presentation, entitled “The Expectations of Millenials,” was the product of many months of research by Mr. Bourn, with the conclusion that “if organizations are going to be successful, they must adapt to the expectations of Millenials.” The presentation, which is offered by the College to organizations as a 90-minute or half-day program, addresses what makes the Millenials so different and what organizations need to do to successfully integrate them into their organizations.

During his research phase of developing this program, Mr. Bourn interviewed over 100 Millenials, from students of various majors at Harford, to young business professional members of the Chamber of Commerce, to learn as much as he could about this 80 million-strong group. He also interviewed local and regional organizations to obtain input on their frustrations and successes with integrating these younger workers into their organizations. He then developed his program, including recommendations from futurists, community planners, and educators, to identify key points that organizations need to keep in mind as well as adaptations they must make to retain these workers.

This presentation is one of many programs that highlights the College as a source of local expertise for the community to draw on. For more information on this and other programs the College offers, call 443-412-2440 or email training@harford.edu.

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