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Schools may teach soft job skills

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Updated: 11:22 PM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- Hamilton County's schools will be asked if they are interested in working with the local Workforce Investment Board to certify students as work ready.

Wanda R. McQueen, executive director of the regional North Country WIB, told members of the Hamilton County WIB Tuesday, June 10, "Businesses hire for the hard skills but they fire because of the lack of soft skills."

Soft skills are attributes that enhance an individual's interactions, job performance and career prospects. Unlike hard skills, which are about the ability to perform a certain type of task or activity, soft skills relate to a person's ability to interact effectively with coworkers and customers.

The most basic of the soft skills are showing up on time and appreciating the fact one has a job.

McQueen said the North Country WIB would be contacting schools throughout the region about working with them so their students can obtain Work Readiness Credentials. The WRC is certification of an individual's readiness for entry-level work.

It is the first assessment for entry-level workers to provide a universal, transferable, national standard for work readiness, and teaches soft skills.

The Regional WIB can help the schools become registered as Ready for Work Sites able to offer the WRC.


County WIB Chairman Bill Murphy reported Drew Mahoney, the new program director at Adirondack Teleworks, is doing a good job reaching out to employers that use teleworkers in an effort to list more job opportunities and to create training classes for those wishing to enter the teleworking community.

Dana Wilt from the county Social Services Dept., who heads up the summer youth program, reported she expects to have six youths, the same as last year, placed in jobs this summer.

Murphy also reported Danielle Shaw has agreed to be on the Youth Council Committee, and District Attorney Marsha King Purdue and Indian Lake Councilwoman Kelli Mitchell have agreed to assist Shaw on the committee.

The county WIB will next meet Tuesday, Aug. 12, starting at 12:30 p.m. at The Inn at Speculator.


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