is a question that I had been asked countless times as an administrator, advisor, and educator in the liberal arts by well-meaning parents, concerned incoming students, and those students longing to change their major from another into LMC but were nervous. In short: they all wanted to understand their future employability if they joined or switched into the liberal arts since they are often falsely disassociated from having ‘skills.’
The best answer that really clicked for them was always to discuss the impact, the adaptability and the broad reach of our skill sets, “You find computer science and coding to be an in-demand skillset yeah?,” consensus: yes. Then I’d go on, “and what you interact with as the end user —re: the text (writing), the images (graphics/design), and the stories…are all content developed by people with skills our students learn.”
“How many of us are on our phones, tablets, computers; for work, for pleasure, for news, for social networking and more? And what percentage of companies, non-profits, schools, you name it — need content, storytelling, context, to communicate their missions, products, and services? One hundred.”
That was my answer about whether LMC students are employable after graduation and it landed every time. With this long standing confusion over the liberal arts’ value in mind coupled with my experiences in industry (outside academia): I founded LMC’s colab.
The colab was conceptualized and created to make tangible the aforementioned skills our students do learn and develop in our classrooms. As well as to make visible the impact of an LMC education so that those who want to pursue their passions can do so without the same worries of previous generations.
for making supported client-based learning and portfolio building, community engagement, and drop-in project work space
for showcasing work
for individualized career counseling and portfolio reviews — as well as creative direction and project management for our client-based learning opportunities and employment opportunities.
The results are many but a few target points are: