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Modules Embed Employability Skills into Cybersecurity and Advanced Manufacturing Courses

Necessary Skills Now (NSN) is a project of the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program that is designed to enhance employability skills instruction in technician education. The project is led by CORD in partnership with three ATE centers of excellence: The Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), the South Carolina ATE National Resource Center (SC ATE), and the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE.)

The project paired community college faculty with employers in cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing to collaborate on the development of 10 classroom modules; five in each discipline.  The recently completed modules each address one or more employability skills identified as high-need by the project’s national employer advisory board. Those skills include:

  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Dependability/Work Ethic
  • Planning and Organizing

The modules integrate technical skills taught in existing cybersecurity or advanced manufacturing courses with employability skills through a project-based learning experience based on industry scenarios. All 10 modules are available for faculty to download from the Necessary Skills Now website. A list of topics is provided below, or you can download a one-page summary of the modules that highlights applicable courses for integration, skills addressed, and estimated time required.

Cybersecurity Modules:

Project 1: Product Analysis
Project 2: Incident Response
Project 3: Developing a Security Awareness Campaign
Project 4: Security Policies
Project 5: Physical Security

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
Project 5: Puzzle It Out