Soft Skill Programs at Community Colleges

Neosho County Community College- Partners in Change

Designed so participants recognize they are the essential ingredient in their own success.  196 clock hours over the course of six weeks, starting at 2 hours per day and increasing to 8 hours per day.  Participants learn how to better manage their lives by developing personal life skills as well as employment skills.  Areas addressed include:  career planning, job search techniques, professional development and job retention strategies, personal goal setting, value exploration, time management, and increased computer and academic skills.  The workplace training component can include:  workplace communication, workplace math, employability skills, and blueprint reading.  CASAS appraisal determines reading and math levels so instruction can be tailored to meet individual needs.  This is a great boot camp approach for those with the greatest need to improve their employability skills.  People who complete the program will leave the program with a professional cover letter and resume, a Kansas WORKReady! Certificate, opportunity to complete their GED/high school diploma, and follow up services to assist with their transition into the workforce.

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Kansas City Kansas Community College FLEET Program

The FLEET (financial literacy, employability skills and entrepreneurship training) program is a flexible skills training program which is developed in both credit and noncredit formats.  Noncredit versions of the program include workshops and extracurricular training opportunities for KCKCC students and community members at little or no charge. An Essential Career Skills course offered for credit through KCKCC is required in all Business degrees and certificates. FLEET programming is offered through the DOL, TAACCCT grant, called T4E (Training for Employment) at KCKCC’s new Technical Center, to help provide a comprehensive support system that facilitate a person’s seamless transition to employment. The FLEET program is based upon research published by Edmiston, Gillett-Fisher and McGarth’s in 2009 entitled “Weighing the Effects of Financial Education in the Workplace.” FLEET is also based on Mid America Regional Council’s research on the soft skills areas of highest value as indicated by regional companies. The FLEET program moves forward on the premise that financial training and soft skills training leads to improved work outcomes.

For more information contact Marvin Hunt at KCKCC at (913) 288-7276 or


Salina Area Technical College (SATC) PSY 100

This soft skills course includes skills needed to remove barriers between people and a better career.  The course explores socio-economic class communication, financial literacy, economic stability, and SMART goal setting.  Highlighted in a process called “How Students Find their HOME@SATC (HOME=helping, outreach, mentor & educate), the participants start with the objectives of getting started, gaining education, and getting a better job.  Participants start by meeting with SATC staff for an individual interview and goal setting.  PSY 100 is 6 weeks in length.   However, participants also meet with SATC’s Outreach Coordinator once a week for up to a year and are matched with an expertise or Resource Mentor who they meet with at least three times over their year of participation.  Participants set goals and utilize their resource mentor to help them remove the barriers between them, furthering their education, or obtaining living wage employment.

For more information contact:  Lara Duran at Salina Area Technical College– 785-309-3169 or visit


Wichita Area Technical College – Global Professional Standards

The Global Professional Standards (GPS) course provides an overview of human relations and professional development in today’s rapidly changing world, and helps prepare students for living and working in a complex society. The 2 credit hour course is interwoven into all of the technical programs.  Specific topics of the course include the skills needed to obtain and retain a job, including the 10 characteristics of global professional standards – Attendance; Character; Teamwork; Appearance; Attitude; Productivity; Time Management; Communication; Cooperation; and, Respect.  During this course, students create a resume and participate in a mock job interview.  Online interactive content has been developed for the course and it is offered as a traditional or online course.

For more information, contact Sheree Utash at (316) 677-9536 or