“Technical skills are important, but without employability skills,
technical skills are merely commodities. Employability skills
turn intellectual commodities into intellectual capital.”
– Peter Saflund

Information Technology Workforce Skills Study,
Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections

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Evidence from both employers and researchers reveals a lack of employability skills in today's technical workforce. The Necessary Skills Now project worked with teams of faculty and employers to develop curriculum that integrates technical content and employability concepts within existing courses in advanced manufacturing and cyber security.

Rather than teaching stand-alone courses on employability topics in isolation from the technical content, the project modules provide opportunities to teach employability skills prioritized by industry within discipline-specific courses using authentic workplace scenarios as the context for instruction. The project also offers faculty workshops on how to collaborate with employers to replicate the project's integrated curriculum development process across technical programs in other sectors.