Core Workforce Skills (formerly Core Abilities)

An action research project is currently underway to re-imagine core abilities--now called "Core Workforce Skills." These soft skills are repeatedly noted as important to local employers; the project aims to document student achievement of the skills. Visit the Big 6 #4  project page to learn more. 

What are they?

  • Core employability or "soft" skills validated by local industry and stakeholders
  • Macro, transferable outcomes that go beyond the context of a specific course, program, or discipline

Why use them?

  • Meet the documented needs of local employers
  • Prepare students to work effectively in a diverse and global job market
  • Close the skills gap industry perceives with hired graduates

How do we assess them?

  • Use a universal rubric to capture reliable evidence of student performance
  • Consider using the 2009 Self-Assessment Tool

See the College's 2009 list here (PDF, 58 KB)