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In an effort to reevaluate employment preparation in community college curricula, a review of recent research was conducted to identify the most valued skills in today's workforce. Among the abilities desired by today's employers are: (1) knowing how to learn; (2) competence in reading, writing, and computation; (3) effective listening and oral communication skills; (4) adaptability through creative thinking and problem solving; (5) personal management with strong self esteem and initiative; (6) interpersonal skills; and (7) leadership effectiveness. This comprehensive skill set, once required only of managers but now applying to all levels of employment, appeared in several employer surveys, with an additional emphasis on communication and computer/technical skills. (YKH)

Descriptors: Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Community Colleges, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Evaluation, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Leadership Effectiveness, Needs Assessment, Personnel Needs, Skill Development, Skilled Workers, Surveys, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Clagett, Craig A.


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