The Hartford coaches
and mentors its
apprentices on the
soft skills they will
need for success.
also by holding students accountable for demonstrating skills such as punctuality and a positive attitude
while they are in class.
In fact, he suggests, community colleges might
want to consider implementing a time clock system
in which students must swipe their ID badge to
punch in and out of class to reinforce this message.
All of these companies are working closely with community colleges to develop curriculum that reflects
their rapidly changing industries and meets evolving
needs. While addressing the technical aspects of their
fields and what information their employees need
to know is easy enough, teaching and assessing these
soft skills is more challenging.
Duke Energy and the Center for Energy
Workforce Development have teamed up with the
community and technical college systems in North
and South Carolina to form the Carolinas Energy
Workforce Consortium. “We are working together
as an industry to design the curriculum that
employers need for their workforce, so that it lines
up with our evolving technology,” Sherrill says.
While the consortium has made a lot of progress, “I don’t know that we’ve figured out a way to