Career Connections offer practical ways for teachers, school counselors, families and community members to show students, as early as kindergarten, the types of careers possible for them. Career Connections are designed to support the whole child through intentional career advising practices. During this one-day event, presentations on career advising in middle school, leveraging business advisory councils, building financial literacy and entrepreneurial mindset, and the development of high quality work-based learning in your school will be provided. You will leave with innovative ideas and resources for kicking off the school year!
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Wednesday, July 27 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The Soft Skills Crisis: Do your graduates have the skills they need for success?

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In 1918, Horace Mann asserted that 80% of career success is due to soft skills over technical or academic skills. 100 years later we are still talking about the soft skills gap. 74% of employers continue to state they cannot find graduates with adequate soft skills. What are we doing about it? This session will define soft skills and show how they are aligned to Ohio's career readiness graduation seal and many social and emotional learning programs. It will also demonstrate how you can assess soft skills through self and peer assessment and develop them through experiential learning. We measure what matters. We know soft skills matter and if we continue to fail to strategically teach and measure them, we will be talking about this gap for the next hundred years.


Lisa Riegel

Chief Innovation Officer, JAKAPA LLC
Dr. Lisa Riegel serves as Chief Innovation Officer at JAKAPA, LLC. She has taught at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level and effectively brokered partnerships at the local and state level between business and education leaders. Her strategic counsel on program improvement... Read More →

Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Regent 2 Room