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Work, Life Skills program seeks feedback

Online survey results will help guide curriculum for new program

Bridget Manley

The Moffat County Work and Life Skills Program Coalition is attempting to narrow down the list of workforce skills it would teach to local students in its upcoming new program.

Enter local parents, students, business members and educators.

The coalition, which includes members of the local education and business communities, has created an online survey that asks community members to weigh in on essential topics for its program to help students find success as working adults.

The program is scheduled to start in January and is designed to teach a variety of 21st century workforce skills. Funds from Colorado Works, the state welfare program, will fund the four-month extracurricular course.

As required by Colorado Works, the program must include teaching students how to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancies. In addition, it could touch on myriad other topics from financial responsibility and critical thinking to reading comprehension and mathematics.

Unfortunately, possibilities outnumber practicality.

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“The breadth of what’s possible is more than what we can effectively deliver,” said Pete Bergmann, Moffat County School District superintendent and coalition member.

The coalition already has begun developing the program’s curriculum. The survey, however, could make the process more effective.

“We’re going to use that (survey) to narrow our focus and try to hit those areas the community and the respondents of the survey feel are most critical and important,” Bergmann said.

The survey is available online at http://freeonlinesurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?sid=1ejbma8j9pap9hw418807. Web sites for Moffat County School District and Craig Chamber of Commerce, http://www.moffatsd.org and http://www.craigchamber.com, respectively, also have links to the survey.

The online form allows respondents to remain anonymous but requires they indicate what year they have or will graduate from high school. It also asks if respondents are parents, school staff members, business personnel or students.

Survey participants are asked to indicate which workplace skills, including communication, critical thinking and leadership, they think are most important to prepare students for today’s workforce.

Carroll Moore, Moffat County High School counselor, knows at least one skill students should learn before they leave high school.

“I think the most important thing in high school is learning : how to get along and work with people,” she said, “because if they don’t learn it here, I don’t know where they’re going to learn it.”

The coalition has taken that talent into account, identifying “human relation skills” as one of more than 20 attributes respondents can choose in identifying how well students currently are prepared to enter the workforce.

There is no deadline for completing the survey. However, Bergmann said, community members are asked to respond as soon as possible to keep curriculum development moving.

For more about the business community’s experience with workforce entrants, see Wednesday’s edition of the Craig Daily Press.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

On the ‘Net

To complete the Moffat County Work and Life Skills Program online survey, visit http://freeonline…. Other links to the survey, which focuses on 21st-century skills and workforce readiness, also can be found at the Moffat County School District’s Web site, http://www.moffatsd.org, and the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Web site, http://www.craigchamber….