What are the employability skills that students need in order to graduate from high school college- and career-ready? That is the question that the Growth Alliance, in partnership with a collaborative of local leadership from business and education, has been wrestling with for the past several months. As a result, this collective is investigating a model framework coming out of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District called the
Skills 4 Success. Over the next several months, MCGA will highlight the seven components of the
Skills 4 Success framework. This month's highlight: Ethical Citizenship.
It has been said "All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten." In kindergarten we learn to play nice in the sandbox, we learn to consider how our actions impact others, and we start to learn independence and how to take care of ourselves. In essence, the principal of Ethical Citizenship is an extension of these ideals throughout the rest of the education experience and into the workplace. While it is true that employers want a highly skilled and educated workforce, it is also important that graduates understand the significance of acting with integrity, honesty, respect, and discernment in the workplace if they are going to be a contributing member of any organization. Further, with growing rates of burnout across all professions, increased attention is being directed to the ability to self-care. By intentionally defining and reinforcing the importance of Ethical Citizenship for students throughout their educational experience, we help to ensure our graduates will demonstrate these values in college and in the workplace.
Skills 4 Success
framework is a mechanism for employing common terminology around these broadly accepted ideals in business and education in the hopes of clearly defining expectations for the next generation as they prepare to enter the workforce. For a more in-depth look at Flexibility & Adaptability and the other
Skills 4 Success