With many modern secondary school students expressing interest in alternative and self-made employment opportunities, like social media influencers and YouTube personalities, Terrell Robinson, Ph.D., an assistant teaching professor in the NC State College of Education, wants to make sure he continues to emphasize the importance of business education.
Business courses, he said, can provide students with current and life-long skills and enable them to build knowledge and practice to prepare for life or postsecondary education.
“In business courses, they will utilize higher order thinking, learn self-confidence and emotional intelligence, value diversity and embrace change. I still use the skills I learned in high school back in the late 90s,” he said.
Now, Robinson has the opportunity to contribute to the growth of business education at the national level through appointments by the National Business Education Association (NBEA) to the Curriculum Standards Committee and the Legislative Advocacy Committee.
The Curriculum Standards Committee oversees updates, revisions and promotion of the National Standards for Business Education and facilitates the development of additional K-14 curriculum as directed by the National Business Education Association board. The Legislative Advocacy Committee is responsible for representing the NBEA in all state and federal legislative matters applicable to business education that impact the goals of the organization.
“My appointments mean I have the opportunity and responsibility to meaningfully contribute to the growth and sustainability of the business education profession,” Robinson said. “I am a representative not just of NC State, but all Black male business educators across the world. Given this, it also means a lot to me to serve to influence diversity and inclusion in a predominately white profession.”
Robinson said his strong advocacy for more diversity in the field helped to elevate him to regional and ultimately national levels of influence within the National Business Education Association. As a member of two nationally influential committees, he said he hopes to be able to influence curriculum and legislative change that is inclusive for all learners and teachers.
“In some U.S. states, business and marketing teacher education is nonexistent. We in North Carolina are fortunate to have a strong career and technical education presence. I want to elevate North Carolina as the model state for the United States,” he said.