NSF-ATE Project Seeks Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Sites for Modules Integrating Employability and Technical Skills

Necessary Skills Now, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) project, is tackling the challenge of embedding essential employability skills into technical instruction. Teams of community college faculty and employers have co-developed project-based learning modules integrating employability skills and technical content around industry scenarios. Each module addresses several of these priority employability skills validated by employers: Teamwork Problem Solving Verbal Communication Written Communication Dependability/Work Ethic Planning and Organizing The Necessary Skills Now project has created modules for advanced manufacturing programs and is seeking instructors to participate in field testing. If your institution is interested, read on to learn more and visit the project website to apply.

Pilot Site Instructor Expectations Select one module to deliver during the spring, summer, or fall 2017 semesters. Instructors will have the opportunity to review content prior to selecting their module to pilot so they can identify module content that best aligns to their courses. Deliver the module in its entirety, submit a detailed feedback survey, and engage in a focus group with fellow pilot site participants via conference call. Instructors completing these steps will receive a stipend of $250. Project Leadership Necessary Skills Now is led by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), in partnership with the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), South Carolina Advanced Technological Education (SC ATE), and the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE).

Getting Started To learn more about Necessary Skills Now, visit the project web site. Click on the "Pilot Sites" tab to submit a Pilot Site Interest Form. Upon receipt, the project team will contact interested instructors with additional details about pilot site expectations and materials.