CSI: Skills for Student Success
in the 21 st Century
“Handy Activities for Student Success”
Linking the Classroom to the Workplace
Based on the best of the QT
Targeted to faculty in the classroom
Short, focused, and fun activities that gives
Awareness about what they are learning in
class to their lives
Better understanding of skills employers seek
Provide career strategies too negotiate the new
world of work
Susan Coleman –firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Jones – email@example.com
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The Case of the
WHAT is it?
Fun interactive game approach.
Brief exposure to some basic information
to entice the student to go further
Includes action plan/next step strategy
Includes campus support
The Undecided Student
Who are they?
Why do they need our help?
WHY THIS PROJECT?
32-40% of our student population is
“undecided” California Community Colleges
50% drop out after the first year of
college CCSSE 2005 Community College Survey of Student Engagement
67% of people don’t want to go to
work each day Gallup 1999
What we know for sure….
According to the ASTD
Students need help and support
It needs to be fast, easy and fun!
It’s a lifelong process.
Reflection is key!
We need your help!
Job shadow and information
Helping students prepare and
Many students need help
setting up these experiences.
Go Outside-Get Experience
Visit the environment
Assignment: Do 5 things daily you love to do
Join a club on campus
Go to an professional association meeting
Visit academic departments of majors that interest you
Become involved in extracurricular activities
Find summer jobs and volunteer experiences
Sign up for an Internship/Cooperative Work Experience
Students who know where they are
going and what they will be doing as
they explore are more likely to
continue the process.
Written plans can be adjusted and
changed as students progress.
Reasons why students would visit a career
(Percentages) Very Likely Somewhat
Explore Internet career resources 37.2% 30.2%
Use the career library 34.9% 30.1%
Take a career assessment 44.5% 29.9%
Help choose a major or career
pathway 52.1% 29.0%
Get college info 45.6% 33.6%
Identify current “Hot Jobs” 42.8% 30.2%
Help finding a direction 40.2% 31.1%
Job placement 48.2% 30.9%
Interview skill building or resume prep 40.2% 30.2%
Connection to employers 47.7% 29.6%
What we learned:
Students need and want career information.
Students are not satisfied with the career
services they are receiving.
Students really want help with:
Choosing the right major.
Building job skills for the job they want.
Figuring out their personal strengths.
Students want to connect to their career
centers via e-mail or IM.
We need to work together to leverage our resources and
Developing a powerful brand that represents all California
Community College Career Centers to help us effectively market
our career products and services.
Creating and adapting guidelines and customer service
procedures to help us standardize our services and better serve
Introducing and sharing innovative career products and
resources based on what’s important to students…like the new
online Missing Major Project.
And in the end we want our students to
respond to this question…
Tell me, what is it that you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?