Helping future and current employees succeed in the workplace

The Workforce Taskforce is focusing on building career-success skills of students preparing to enter the workforce.

Many industries, including manufacturing, need employees with high-tech skills, but they also need people who understand what it means to be a productive, valuable employee with good workplace skills.

Career Success Modules

360 ATE Regional Center of Excellence, a consortium of 15 higher educational institutions, and a member of the IMPACT 20/20 Workforce Taskforce, has developed a series of learning modules developed to introduce important skills to help current and future employees succeed in their careers.

The topics covered have been identified and prioritized by industry and business professionals. They have contributed content to make sure these learning modules address the skills valued by businesses–no matter what industry.

The modules address several critical career success skills:

  • Verbal communication
  • Listening for understanding
  • Reliability: on-time everyday
  • Flexibility & adaptability: williness to take on different tasks
  • Communicate positvely & well
  • Positive attitude
  • Responsibility & accountability
  • Raising vital questions & problems
  • Problem-solving: be a problem solver, not a problem asker
  • Initiative & self-direction: do more than is expected, take the initiative
  • Be proud to be a part of your organization
  • Continuous learning: don't bcome obsolete
  • Enthusiasm
  • Respect: play together nice in the sandbox
  • Come to well-reasoned conclusions & solutions
  • Seek input from others
  • Raising vital questions and problems
  • Safety is paramount
  • Continuous improvement is critical
  • Manufacturing facilities are built around processes
  • Skills in observing, following, understanding, and evaluating processes, deomnstrations, and other on-the-job procedures
  • Ability to focus, notice, and remember
  • Read and use written text
  • Manage conflict
  • Team effectiveness
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Each topic has its own module which includes an MP4 file with built in audio and video, powerpoint slides, quizzes, student workbook, and teacher's manual.

    360 Career Success Modules Although originally designed for post-secondary audiences, the modules are proving to have broader applicability with additional audiences, including secondary school students and working-age adults. The 360 Career Success Skills learning modules are free to use for anyone - educators, human resource professionals, supervisors and managers. Go to for more information or to a request for access to the modules..