Employers of STEM technicians increasingly demand strong employability skills, but technician educators face challenges in including instruction to develop those skills in their programs. Employability skills are the nontechnical but highly important skills that play a critical role in both getting and keeping a job. They include interpersonal skills, communication skills, lifelong learning, and the ability to meet workplace expectations and to understand both the mission of a business and the technician’s role in meeting that mission. This webinar will share findings from research about the approaches that technician education programs are using to engage faculty in developing these skills. It will also share a handbook with tools and techniques that can be used both in the classroom and in partnership with fellow educators and employers. We’ll also spotlight cases and discuss challenges and solutions to implementing specific approaches. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us! Learn more about the webinar.
Lead Presenter: Louise Yarnall, Ph.D.
Sr. Research Social Scientist, SRI International