“Employers are telling us what they look for and need in their employees. This strategic initiative builds bridges from the classroom to the workplace to fulfill those needs, while adding significantly more value to the degrees our students earn by their ability to thrive in a rapidly changing workplace over the duration of their careers,” said CPE President Aaron Thompson. His Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), is partnering with us as part of a series of actions to strengthen Kentucky’s workforce.
EEQs play a vital role in workplace success, and ensure a job-seeker not only gets a job but stays gainfully employed. “The EEQ Certification will give students a way to choose a strong program, give graduates a way to communicate that they’re well prepared, and help employers find qualified career candidates,” said Wolff.
Nineteen “early adopter” program have joined this Initiative so far.
Institutions across the state will each assess 3 or 4 degree programs—aligned with key industry/business sectors in Kentucky—against 14 certification criteria to determine how well they support student employability.
After this first round of programs completes the initiative, the CPE plans to expand the certification process to a broader range of programs.
“Colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are looking forward to participating in this rigorous process to ensure student effectiveness skills and program competencies meet employer demand for skilled graduates,” said KCTCS Chancellor Kris Williams, the system’s chief academic officer.
The CPE has identified employers in five key industry sectors that will be invited to contribute up-to-the-minute commercial perspectives on employability as well as build or strengthen strategic partnerships with institutions:
Employers benefit from having employees with certified soft skills via:
“Work as we know it is changing, so it’s increasingly challenging—and important—to ensure higher education experiences appropriately prepare graduates for the 21st century,” said Ralph Wolff.
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