ERIC Number: ED383373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
21st Century Workplace Requires Re-Engineering Our Educational System To Facilitate the Individual Student's Mastery of Behavioral Skills.
Dixon, Mary; Avera, Marinda
Sandhills Community College (SCC), in North Carolina, provides a guarantee to employers that graduates will be proficient in the areas of knowledge and skills covered by their educational programs. If an employer finds a Sandhills graduate deficient, the graduate can re-enroll in up to three courses at the college at no cost to the employer or employee. SCC undertook a 2-year work-readiness pilot project to add skills standards and certification to its Business Administration curriculum and sought to implement methods to measure outcomes for students' behavioral skills. In the program students complete a Job-Readiness Assessment Portfolio, in addition to program requirements, and are awarded a "certificate of readiness for employment" upon completion. For the pilot, several tools from the marketplace were integrated into the Business Administration program, including: (1) the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which helps students understand the inter-relatedness of personality type and career choice; (2) a Zenger Miller workshop, providing experiential learning experiences to help students master workplace interpersonal skills; (3) the Workplace Success Skills assessment test to measure students' work preparedness; and (4) Career Design, a software program which helps determine student areas of interest and allows each student to develop a personalized portfolio in a business speciality area. The pilot has successfully implemented measurement tools to assess students behavioral skills and meets state and federal requirements for school-based education. (KP)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Career Choice, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Computer Software, Curriculum Based Assessment, Education Work Relationship, Educational Certificates, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Readiness, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Evaluation, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sandhills Community Coll., Pinehurst, NC.