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
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.