Community Colleges Receive Wonderlic Soft Skills Training Scholarship

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Wonderlic, Inc. has selected five community college programs as recipients of the first Wonderlic Soft Skills Training Scholarship.

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The need for skilled workers with communication, leadership, professionalism, initiative and other such skills is a topic of discussion at each of our industry advisory board meetings.

Five community college programs have received the first Wonderlic Soft Skills Training Scholarship and will participate in soft skills training and assessment during the spring semester of 2017, at no cost.

The winners are:

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Davenport, IA--Adult Education and Literacy

Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, MI--Business Outreach and Services

Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA--Continuing Business Education

Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, OR-- Adult High School Diploma (AHSD) Program

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL--National Corn to Ethanol Research Center

Each of these postsecondary schools completed an application describing its specific program and why students in that program had a particular need to improve the specific soft skills taught as part of the Wonderlic Soft Skills Training Bootcamp.

As part of the program, students will be pretested before training begins and tested afterwards to measure improvement. Applying schools had to explain how the Bootcamp would be integrated into their existing curriculum so that students were sure to have a meaningful and valuable learning experience.

Every school that completed an application mentioned local employers’ demand for students with soft skills. According to an official from the Building Illinois Consortium, “The need for skilled workers with communication, leadership, professionalism, initiative and other such skills is a topic of discussion at each of our industry advisory board meetings.”

The program at Southern Illinois University saw the Bootcamp as having a “high relevance to our core mission: delivering a highly-skilled, job-ready workforce to meet the needs of regional employers in a growing bioeconomy.”

The Wonderlic Soft Skills Training Bootcamp includes the following training modules:

1. Interpersonal Skills
2. Communication Skills
3. Listening and Nonverbal Communication
4. Self-Management Skills
5. Problem Solving
6. Initiative
7. Critical Thinking
8. Professionalism
9. Teamwork
10. Cultural Competence

For decades, Wonderlic has worked with businesses and postsecondary schools to assess the knowledge, skills, and abilities of job applicants and postsecondary students. Due to Wonderlic’s unique perspective, its Research and Development team realized there was a major gap between employers’ requirements and job candidates’ soft skills.

In an effort to bridge this skills gap, Wonderlic has worked with employers and postsecondary schools since 2012 to develop an online competency-based training and assessment program, which awards digital badges to users who master those competencies.

To find out more about the Wonderlic Soft Skills Training Bootcamp, contact Wonderlic's Competency-Based Solutions Team.

About Wonderlic

Wonderlic, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Vernon Hills, IL and a founding member of the Association of Test Publishers. The company provides businesses and schools with a comprehensive library of highly regarded assessments and surveys for each phase of the hiring and student selection process. In its 75+ year history, Wonderlic has delivered over 300 million assessments and surveys to more than 60,000 organizations, government agencies, and accrediting bodies. http://www.wonderlic.com

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