NCCER Revises Workplace Skills Curriculum

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The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), Gainesville, Fla., has revised the curriculum structure and content of the Contren® Learning Series Tools for Success: Critical Skills for the Construction Industry. The curriculum, developed to address critical workplace skills, now includes information on how to find a job and build a resume. NCCER worked with subject matter experts representing industry and academia across the country to introduce relevant industry material into the existing books. “Tools for Success addresses critical skills that go beyond learning a specific trade while enhancing the daily job experience with preparation for what lies ahead,” said Melissa Malone, workforce development manager of Becon Construction/Bechtel in Deer Park, Texas.

“The curriculum serves as an excellent career guide for the student, with modules focusing on job search, diversity, communication, and teamwork, just to name a few,” added Malone. “Without question, people entering the industry need exposure to these critical skills, and Tools for Success affords them the opportunity to conceptualize these elements for immediate application in the field.”

In addition to Malone, the following subject matter experts contributed to this curriculum: Alberta Casey, Northland Pioneer College, Holbrook, Ariz.; Erin M. Hunter, River Valley Technical Center, Springfield, Vt.; Thomas G. Murphy, Alfred State College. Alfred, N.Y.; Glen O’Mary, Zachry Industrial, Deer Park, Texas; Ray G. Thornton, Kennco Plumbing, Santa Clarita, Calif.; and Marcel Veronneau, Industrial Management & Training Institute of Connecticut, Waterbury, Conn.