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This document presents skill standards that aim to be portable to address the need for instructors to adapt to workplace and student diversity in their classrooms and labs and to provide learners with the best workplace skills possible. Introductory materials include background of the skill standards project and definition of terms. Section 1 provides a list of the 10 critical functions and the 56 key activities for professional-technical college instructors that were identified and validated by 78 instructors from Washington's 34 two-year colleges. Charts of the key activities contain these components for each key activity: performance indicators, technical knowledge (skills, abilities, tools), and employability skills (SCANS skills and foundational abilities). Section 2 describes and charts employability skills. Section 3 consists of local perspectives from the Boeing Company, labor unions, higher education, a college administrator, and participants. Section 4 provides the national context for skill standards and discusses their benefits and uses, process of building skill standards, and a continuous development process of skill standards to curriculum. Section 5 consists of a summary of critical work functions and key activities; skill standards for customized trainers; validation survey results; reflections on a customized trainer focus group; customized training, Microsoft style; and perspective of an industrial skills trainer. (Contains 14 references and 6 Web sources.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Educational Research, Employment Potential, Job Skills, Knowledge Base for Teaching, School Business Relationship, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Skills, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Trainers, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education

Center for Learning Connections, Highline Community College, Skill Standards Resource Center (OMNI), P.O. Box 98000, Des Moines, WA 98198-9800. Tel: 206-870-3759; e-mail: kmichael[at]; Web site: ($20).

Autor: Goldstein, Norma; Navone, Susie; Bailey, Terryll


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