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“Next Skills:”Meeting the Need forSkills Employers Want Students to Have

Valerie Carrigan, Director

Workplace Learning Resource Center and Next Skills Institute

Los Rios Community College District


Demand from industry
Demand from Industry

Need expressed by 2005 industry focus group with the construction industry

Basic skill gaps identified in 11 workforce studies crossed all industries and geographical areas

8 categories “most important” for up to 82% of employers surveyed

Validated by research from the Greater Sacramento Area, California, and the Nation


Target audience
Target Audience

People who…

  • Want to have jobs

  • Need certain skills to keep their jobs

  • Want to move up

    What are the Next Skills?...


Nsi 8 basic skills modules
NSI: 8 Basic Skills Modules

Creativity and Innovation

Valuing Diversity @ Work

Navigating Technology: C.A.N.D.O.

Effective Listening

Verbal Communication

Employability

Service Orientation

Interpersonal Skills for Teamwork


Instructor from industry says
Instructor from Industry Says:

“Frequently in academia the focus is on theory, leaving students with the challenge of finding corresponding application in the business world.  This course cuts directly to the chase and gives students the tools they need to be successful in the workplace. The nice thing is that these are not industry-specific or job-specific skills and tools - they are broad based enough that people of all career levels and types can use them. Students are motivated knowing that they are focusing on proven areas that matter - especially in a tough economy like we have now.” 

OmidGhamami: Operations Manager, Intel;

Adjunct Business Instructor, Folsom Lake College


Nsi curriculum is unique
NSI Curriculum is Unique

  • Customized for our diversity: students see the link between people’s differences and the value those differences offer

  • Continuously re-emphasizes key learning points

  • Introduces future and higher level skills like creativity, and technology

  • Offers rich content, interactive exercises, and real world tools for success on the job


Advanced skills too
Advanced Skills, Too…

Accident Prevention

Time Management

Problem Solving

Mobile Technology

Delegation

Active Listening

Process Improvement

Successful Teams

Empathy

Emotional Intelligence

Critical Thinking

Managing Conflict


Nsi prep
NSI Prep

For high school students!

Creativity and Innovation

Employability

Service Orientation

Effective Communication

Valuing Diversity

Interpersonal Skills for Teams

Navigating Technology

Beyond Interviewing…

NEW!


How do we keep students engaged?





  • Mastery” =

80%+ on Post- Tests

Continuous Engagement in Class

+


Nsi and nsi prep prepare
NSI and NSI Prep Prepare:

Employees at work

Community college students on campus

Unemployed adults in non-profit programs

High school students preparing for internships and work

Educators around the State (train-the-trainer workshops)



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