What does it take to prepare young people for the
working world? In 1990, the Secretary of Labor appointed a commission to
determine the skills young people need to succeed in the workplace. SCANS
- the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills - is modeled
on skills enhancement of identified competencies. Schools are being asked
not only to educate and train the workforce, but also to link work-based
skills and competencies to the classroom curriculum.
At City College we face two main challenges as we
implement SCANS competencies throughout the college curriculum. First,
faculty must be interested in the program, perceive a need for skills that
can be incorporated into their curriculum, examine their teaching methodologies
in order to determine how best to incorporate new job-related skills, and
identify strategies for linking classroom learning with the work place.
Second, students must appreciate the benefit and the value of workplace
"know-how" and the connection between classroom learning and workplace