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Cultivating Soft Skills in Workforce Development: Higher Education Initiatives

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2 - 3:15 p.m. (CT) | Thursday, May 7, 2015 | Webinar
3 - 4:15 p.m. (ET) | Thursday, May 7, 2015 | Webinar

Mike Eggleston

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 9.6 million unemployed people in the United States in August 2014, while at the same time there were 4.8 million job openings. While a lot of attention is paid to the lack of technical skills that job candidates possess and the need to invest more in training for STEM jobs, it is also true that one of the biggest barriers faced by employers when hiring is the candidates' lack of "soft skills" (e.g., being able to communicate effectively, think critically and be a reliable team player).

During this Exploring Innovation webinar series from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, we will hear from leaders in education, academia and business regarding what it means to have a workforce that possesses the soft skills demanded by employers. We will highlight innovative approaches to acquiring and developing these skills in early childhood, K-12 and higher education—strategies that are positioning communities to have a thriving talent pool for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

This webinar on May 7 will provide insight into what is being done in higher education to prepare college students to develop and apply soft skills in the job setting. In this third and final webinar in the series, participants will learn:

  • The importance for college students to continue to develop and apply soft skills
  • How a national retailer came to embrace and actively support the development of soft skills among students in higher education
  • How one community college has innovated to better prepare students to meet the needs of local and national employers

Presenters include:

There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.

Listen to the archived sessions of this series: