Learning life skills is vitally important to both college success and workplace success. The SCANS report indicates that employers are seeking soft skills as basic competencies in their employees (http://wdr.doleta.gov/SCANS). If our students, so many of whom are already working while attending college, can become more successful in both work and college environments, we have an approach that addresses both educational and career reform and innovation. My students’ ability to succeed in college is dependent on their ability to perform well at their jobs, and we can give them tools that will support them in achieving their goals once they reach their desired careers after graduation.
This soft skills approach is already being used at community colleges across the country. See
Jonathan Brennan, PhD, EdD
Faculty, Mission College, CA