Webinar: Breaking the Soft Skills Barrier

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 3:30pm

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The Ohio Board of Regents invites administrators, instructors, and counselors who work with adult learners at ABLE programs, career centers, colleges, and universities to attend this online meeting. 

Education providers continue to look for effective partnerships and strategies for helping adult learners become aware of their soft skills competencies and deficiencies and enhance their skills, particularly for the hardest-to-serve and at-risk populations. Students who complete certificates, degrees, and other workforce training but lack dependability, time management competencies, interpersonal skills, professionalism, or integrity diminish their chances at success in the workforce. During the one hour webinar, two organizations will share their experience with helping students gain soft skills to increase their likelihood of success. Presenters include Kathy Atkinson of Mercy Neighborhood Services in Cincinnati and Lauren McGarity and Najmuddeen Salaam of the WinWin Institute for Response-Able Re-Entry.

Atkinson is program director for education with Mercy Neighborhood Services. Mercy Neighborhood Services, a social services agency and provider of ABLE services through Cincinnati Public Schools, has established a process for identifying soft skills competencies and deficiencies and directing learners to the appropriate course of action.

The WinWin Institute for Response-Able Re-Entry is an educational program of WinWin, Inc. for incarcerated adult learners. The Institute integrates the teaching and learning of employability and personal enrichment skills. McGarity is WinWin founder and director of special projects at the Ohio Board of Regents. Salaam graduated from the program, is now part of WinWin's staff, and is a finishing specialist with TNT Graphics in Columbus. He also authored and continues to facilitate the Institute's Helping Ourselves Pursue Excellence (HOPE), a mentorship program for inmates.

Contact Info: 

Calista Smith