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Migration, Employment & Entrepreneurship

As American employers report a difficulty in finding “skilled labor,” a team of student researchers at Piedmont College think they may have found the answer, as well as helping solve another international dilemma.

“By 2018, there were 70.8 million individuals forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations,” said senior business major Leslie Lopez, adding that their research focused specifically on Syria and Venezuela.

Lopez was presenting the topic “Migration, Employment and Entrepreneurship” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium along with fellow senior business majors Rachel Irby, Julia Nichols, Wes Snyder, Mark Mitchell and Valeriya Zhurakovskava.

Statistics show extreme numbers for both regions. Syria with 6.2 million internally displaced with upwards of 11 million requiring humanitarian assistance. Venezuela has seen a 8000% growth in those seeking refugee status with roughly 4.6 million that have already left the country.

“Just like the Middle East, Latin America struggles to meet the needs of refugees and those of their populations.” said Lopez.

With countries struggling to meet needs of their refugees, this means there is not much work for these people, as Lopez stated, “Of 305 Syrian refugees, 82% of adults were unemployed, with 38% having a college education.” Lopez said.

 These statistics are high compared to those not being displaced. So, where do opportunities for employment come from for these people?

Rachel Irby passionately speaks on remote employment and how refugees can obtain jobs while in their situation. “HR has recently reported difficulty in recruiting due to lack of skills or candidates.” Irby said, adding that many refugees lack basic skills needed, such as “technical skills and soft skills.” “Some employers have found training to be useful in shortening the gap, but other employers have found alternative candidates in retirees and veterans or foreign countries.”

Remote employment would help prospective employers fill their gaps.

“Our team believes that the answer to filling labor market and skill shortages is through the refugee workforce by providing remote work opportunities,” said Irby. With remote work having 173% grown from 2005-2018, and 5 million Americans working from home, this seems to be the best solution for employing refugees who have migrated back to their home countries or have chosen to come to a new country for a new life. Remote work also shows benefits to the employers of these remote workers. Benefits including higher retention rates and cost saving for the firms.

Irby said the idea for the research came from their business professor Steven Carlson.

“Carlson approached Amplio recruiting, so he really decided to base our class about the research for Amplio’s fund,” she said. 

Upon researching the project there were things that caught the team by surprise. Senior Leslie Lopez said, “We were surprised by the amount of information that we found, and some days the information was overwhelming,” Lopez said. “We thought we would find a few articles that approached the subject, but instead of a few, we saw thousands of articles, studies, news, and data sets from all over the world.” Irby as well responded with what surprised the team as they dove deeper into their research. 

“We were all surprised about the effect the skill gap has on the U.S market,” Irby said. “More specifically, the jobs that are hiring cannot find anyone to fill positions because of the skill shortage in potential candidates.”

Carlson hopes for this research “to help build the case for impact investing to promote ventures that provide refugees with work opportunities.”

Lopez could not agree more with Carlson. “ I believe it is the future for employment.” she said. “The world is currently going through a health crisis, and we are seeing that many companies have their employees work remotely. Employers are having conversations n how to continue operations while not having staff in the company’s facilities and, this will tremendously help refugees, especially those who are displaced in their own country and struggle to find a job. with remote work, an individual is not dependent on local job offerings and can find one that fits their set of skills and qualifications.” 

We have the technology; it will be accessible in a way that once again is life changing. Through impact investing and properly integrating this technology the standard of living can improve worldwide. 

Coaching the Creator’s Game

DEMOREST- Every young athletes’ dream is to make a career out of the sport they love. Most athletes want to play for the rest of their lives, but others want to lead the new generations to a newfound glory. Junior year of college, Timothy Dunton chose to take the latter route.

“Hard work, work ethic, leadership,” said Dunton, explaining his vision behind lacrosse. “Being part of a team and being able to work with each other translates to our success in leading young men.”

This mindset is what has gotten Dunton to where he and the Piedmont Men’s Lacrosse program are today. This way of thinking doesn’t evolve overnight, these values that have been instilled in him since early childhood.

 “I started as a volunteer at my previous institution of Lasell, Dunton said.  I feel like I proved a lot in my first year.”

Sticking to his values, along with a great opportunity, in 2003 Dunton stepped in to become the nation’s youngest head coach at the age of 24. In his time at Lasell College, Dunton coached the lasers to a 107-98 record with 9 conference tournament appearances, 44 All-Conference players and a conference “Coach of the Year recognition.”

Despite having a successful career at Lasell, good things come to an end sometimes. “I was looking for a lifestyle change for my family” said Dunton who was looking for a change, left Boston for new beginnings in small town Demorest, Ga.

            “I didn’t know much about Piedmont. I came down for the interview and fell in love with the vision of the administration.”

Dunton was offered a job in July 2015. By August, Dunton had moved in and was ready to begin the new chapter of his coaching career. Once arriving at Piedmont and assessing the needs of the new program, recruiting was the main goal for Dunton and his staff.

            “I took a chance on it. Through recruiting I found guys willing to take the chance with me.”

Dunton was able to find a core group of players who believed in his vision and stepped on campus ready to work. Along with these players he recruited two coaches who shared the same vision, while exhibiting the same values he believed in. Multiple conference championships, national rankings, NCAA tournament games, all goals set for the Piedmont program once establishing this foundation. “Be ready to work and be ready to work hard.” This was the tone that was set for the program.

Dunton has established a team of coaches who shared his vision and empowers them to lead. David Salter, a second-year coach out of Maryland said, “the autonomy and freedom to game plan. The trust that he will back me up. I write it up and he doesn’t shoot me down.” 

As the Lions begin their 2020 season, the goal of a championship along with a NCAA appearance is yet again on the minds of everyone surrounding the program. Lacrosse aside, Dunton has things on his mind in which he holds higher than lacrosse. “Personal moments such as marriage, graduation and beginning new families.” He said these were the moments that stuck out for him as a coach, because throughout his coaching career the leadership of young men and development of their values will ultimately be remembered longer than the times spent on the field with them.  

All About Jeremy Kohn

Hello, my name is Jeremy Kohn. I am 21 years old from Buford, Ga with a younger brother at the age of 16. Outdoor activities has been a huge part of my life since I was a young boy. at a very young age, my parents encouraged me to stay active and entertain myself outside of the house rather than playing video games 24/7. Having grown up making my own fun and using imagination, me and my friends got ourselves into things that have made memories that will last a life time.

The most influential part of my childhood was the introduction to motorcycles at a very young age. My dad bought me my first dirt bike at the age of 4, from that day forward my life had a thrilling feeling to it. I soon gained the urge to race as I developed my skills on board the bike. through racing, I gained friends that played important roles in my life and my development not only as a racer. However, the dream of being a professional racer was cut short due to my interest in other sports such as football and lacrosse. I got my feet wet in football and then could see myself becoming an outstanding football player. This was until lacrosse came around…

My lacrosse career started the spring of my 5th grade year. It was brand new to the Gwinnett county area, so I gave it a shot and fell in love with the game. this sport has been extremely beneficial to my life and development as a man. As you may know, lacrosse is the fastest game on two feet, behind hockey of course. Being apart of a team since a young age taught me skills such as Leadership skills, Management skills not only with people, but time and equipment, team building skills, but what the game taught me the most was patience. While everything around you is moving so fast, patience is key. Being able to mentally slow things down and see the best option has been able to translate to the business environment. The longer I played the game the more I fell in love with it. My dream was to play college ball at any of the levels. Finally, in April of my senior year, I took my visit to Piedmont and knew that it was the place for me.

Once arriving at Piedmont, I quickly settled in and began the newest chapter in life. I chose the field of Business Management and from there have gained wisdom and knowledge that have increased my value to the business world. During my four years on campus at Piedmont I have been a starter on the Men’s Lacrosse team, as well as helping Piedmont to their first ever USA South Championship.

Fast forward to Spring 2020…. I am in my last semester on this beautiful campus, with plans of graduating in July of this year. I will be leaving Piedmont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, with the option of pursuing my Master’s for this degree and playing lacrosse in the UK has been brought to my attention. This would be a one year Masters program that is allowing me to continue my dream of playing lacrosse at the next level, with the slight chance of signing a professional contract in Great Britain.

To close, once I make my decision on my post collegiate decision on whether or not I will continue my education and lacrosse career I will be entering the field of banking with hopes of becoming a loan officer. I am extremely anxious to start the newest chapter of my life and look forward to all the challenges and greatness the rest of my life has to offer for me.