Have syllabus include Job Skills Demo A, Prepared Speech, and Job Interview. “Each student will prepare and deliver_________ based on the current SkillsUSA technical standards. Top performing students will represent___________ at state-level competition.
The reasoning behind this is that it replaces much of the content from the old Core course that is no longer in force. It also defeats the argument that some teachers have stating that they “don’t have their students long enough to be competitive in welding, electrical, etc.” You may want to compose those statements yourself to leave no room for interpretation or the old “I didn’t understand” excuse. If you feel uncomfortable teaching these soft skills get assistance from industry partners, T, or an Alabama One Stop. Once you see how it’s done you will do fine.
For Employability and technical assessments teachers should constantly refer to and use SkillsUSA technical standards and Blue Prints. All students are prepared for competition and assessments – not just a select few for conference competition.