Want to enhance employability skills instruction in
your curriculum but don't have the time?

Necessary Skills Now, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) project, is tackling the challenge of embedding employability skills into technical instruction. Through the collaborative efforts of community college faculty and employers, the project recently developed project-based learning modules integrating employability skills and technical course content around industry scenarios.

Join Us as a Pilot Site

The Necessary Skills Now team invites you to serve as a pilot site by teaching one of the following modules.

Advanced Manufacturing Modules:

  • Project 1: Batch Mix System for Polyisocyanurate Foam Insulation
  • Project 2: Building a Drone
  • Project 3: Statistical Quality Control with a Focus on Building Necessary Work Skills
  • Project 4: Design and Production of a Bicycle Pedal for BMX Bikes

Cybersecurity Modules:

Each module addresses employability skills in high demand such as Teamwork, Problem Solving, Verbal and Written Communication, Dependability/Work Ethic, and Planning and Organizing.

Pilot site faculty will teach one module, submit a feedback survey, and participate in a focus group via conference call. A stipend of $250 is available for those who fulfill this important role.

To learn more about the project, visit our website. Click on the "Pilot Sites" tab to submit a Pilot Site Interest Form and you'll hear from our team about next steps.

To ask questions, contact John Chamberlain, Principal Investigator, at chamber@cord.org

Necessary Skills Now is led by:
Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)
Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA)
South Carolina Advanced Technological Education (SC ATE)
Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE)


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation
under DUE #1501990. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations
expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily
reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.