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The Human Resources Development (HRD) program provides skill assessment services, employability skills training, and career development counseling to individuals in transition and in the emerging workforce. The courses taught in this program address six core components: (1)

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assessment of an individual’s assets and limitations
development of a positive self-concept
development of employability skills
development of communication skills
development of problem-solving skills; and
awareness of the impact on information technology in the workplace.

On the following pages you will find charts outlining six HRD core training components along with their related competency areas and suggested learning objectives. Also note that each learning objective begins with the phrase: “Upon completing a learning activity, the student will be able to...” The learning objectives listed in this document come from a compilation of recommended employability skills standards from the following national research projects: Workplace Basics: The Skills Employers Want

What Work Requires of Schools: A SCANS Report for America 2000 National Career Development Guidelines-- Adult Competencies and Indicators CASAS Employability Competency System
National Skill Standards Board: Academic and Employability Knowledge and Skills
National Institute for Literacy: Equipped for the Future
NC Computer Empowerment Project

Because these learning objectives are a “suggested list," HRD programs can and should develop additional competencies and/or learning objectives when appropriate. Staff development workshops are available for those programs seeking assistance in development of course outlines and syllabi.

Assessment

Self-Concept

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Self-Assessment
Employment Testing
Academic Testing

Self-Esteem
Self-Advocacy
Motivation

Employability Skills
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Job Preparation
Career/Educational Exploration
Goal-Setting

Job Seeking Skills
Job Search
Application/Resume
Interviewing
Job Selection Process

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Job Keeping Skills
Personal Responsibilities
Time Management
Economic Literacy
Work Attitudes/Behaviors
Job Performance
Interpersonal Skills
Learning Skills
Math/Measurement Skills
Information Technology
Job Resignation or Termination

Communication Skills

Problem-Solving Skills

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Communication Styles
Listening Skills
Speaking Skills
Observation Skills
Reading Skills
Writing Skills
Teamwork Skills
Leadership Skills

Problem-Solving Strategies
Decision-Making Skills
Conflict Management

Lifelong Learning
17. Reflection
18. Change Management

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Life Skills
Consumer Buying
Parenting Skills
Community Resources
Preventive Health Care
Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Information
Technology
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Basic Computer Skills for the
Workplace
Internet Navigation for Career
Exploration
Job Search Strategies
Electronic Business
Communications
Technology in the 21st Century
Workplace

Assessment
Assessment of a student’s content knowledge, educational background, and learning preference helps an instructor make better decisions about what a student needs to learn and how to select and use instructional strategies that will promote and reinforce the student’s learning.

From a student’s perspective, assessment provides a tool to take an objective look at himself/herself before setting career and educational goals. When you can recognize what you want, who you are, what you have to offer, and what you have to learn, you will be better able to find your place in the working world. Assessment can be both formal and informal and should be done throughout the course and not just at the beginning or end. The most common formal assessment instruments used in HRD programs are the Holland’s...
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