Understanding the Working College Student – PernaCNN stats on working stats from the Census Bureau.
Check on JCTC stat for working students
Connecting student learning outcomes to skills that employers are seeking
Connecting Student Learning
Outcomes to Skills that
Employers are Seeking
How do you connect
curriculum to workplace
Foundations of Excellence
understanding of the various
roles and purposes of higher
education, both for the
individual and society.
These roles and purposes include
knowledge acquisition for personal
growth, learning to prepare for
future employment, learning to
become engaged citizens, and
learning to serve the public good.
Jefferson Community and Technical College fulfills its Mission by promoting
excellence in programs and services in support of educational
opportunity, lifelong learning, and student achievement as expressed in the
• Support the attainment of regional and statewide educational goals through
data informed and inquiry driven strategies to increase retention rates and
completion of credentials (Associate Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates).
• Maximize student achievement through an institutional commitment to
effective teaching and support services.
• Enhance workforce readiness and economic development of the community
by providing seamless educational opportunities through agreements with
adult education, secondary school systems, postsecondary
institutions, community groups, and business and industry partners.
• Provide an inclusive, accessible, and safe learning and working environment.
• Exercise responsible stewardship of the College’s human, fiscal, and physical
What is employability?
A set of achievements –
skills, understandings and
personal attributes – that
make graduates more likely
to gain employment and be
successful in their chosen
occupations, which benefits
themselves, the workforce,
the community and the
Information about the knowledge gap
between classroom learning and the
• “We don’t have a jobs crisis in the world, we have a skills crisis”
according to a 2012 Forbes article.
• 45% of US employers say lack of skills is the “main reason” for entry-level
• Only 42% of worldwide employers believe new graduates are adequately
prepared for work.
• Further, according to NACE, it takes the average graduates at least 6
months to obtain employment after graduation. College graduates
struggle to articulate the transferable skills desired by employers.
Stats about working students
• People often assume that students work approximately 10-15 hours a
• A 2013 U.S. Census report determined that 71 percent of US college
undergraduates were working in 2011. Of that number, one in five
undergraduates were working at least 35 hours a week year-round.
• Community colleges often work more hours than four-year students, and
adult learners usually work additional hours to meet their family’s financial
JCTC Adult Student Learners
In Fall 2012, there were over 8300 Adult Student Learners at
JCTC...58% of total student body!
• Downtown – 66%
• Southwest – 42%
• Technical – 68%
KCTCS Systems Office Report
How can faculty support students in their career
How can faculty find a connection between
the classroom and the student’s current work?
What are the
What are employability learning
A statement of what a
learner is expected to know,
understand and/or be able
to demonstrate at the end of
the course that enhances
Employability learning outcomes
assist students in recognizing
and articulating how
transferrable skills are
developed within the
Example Employability Learning Outcome
• The student will demonstrate effective verbal communication skills
through in-class participation and through completion of capstone
• The student will exhibit the ability to work in a team structure by
collaborating on group projects and submitting a written evaluation of
his/her teamwork performance.
• The student will demonstrate computer competencies through 1)
utilizing presentation software when completing semester
presentation and 2) utilizing Blackboard 1-2 times a week.
What are the benefits of including
employability learning outcomes in your
• Can act as a benchmark for assuring quality and efficiency in higher
• Provides a framework for understanding the application of
coursework in an unambiguous way to open up education to a wider
• Connection to work allows employed students to discover and
construct knowledge for themselves.
• Recognizes student achievement outside of the classroom.
• Community employers understand not only what students
KNOW…but also what they can DO.
Additional Method to Demonstrate Link
Between Curriculum and Employability
• Class Activities
• Service Learning
• Referrals to CREW Center
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