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CommunityWorks: Workforce Development

Goal

The CommunityWorks Workforce Development initiative goal is to enhance soft skills education for DeKalb County middle school and high school students, while working to improve employer participation in youth workforce preparation. Soft Skills complement hard skills which are the occupation requirements of a job and many other activities.

Results

The DeKalb County Community Foundation has been working with middle school educators to promote sixteen specific “soft skills” identified as lacking in the emerging workforce. As a result, Community Foundation developed and copyrighted the Skills for a Successful Future Wheel and distributed it to area schools and programs impacting middle school youth.

Community Foundation is working with the DeKalb-Ogle Workforce Development Consortium and DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation to enhance soft skills within DeKalb County schools through the Industrial Workforce Coordination Pilot Program. Community Foundation Program Director Anita Zurbrugg co-chairs the Soft Skills committee which provides guidance for the program.

The CommunityWorks Workforce Development initiative is currently accepting soft skill enhancement grant applications. For more information, contact Anita Zurbrugg, Program Director at 815-748-5383, or anita@dekalbccf.org.

“Now more than ever before in light of the many advances in technology, as employers and educators, we cannot lose sight of the importance of soft skills. These skills set us apart and solidify our relationships with the consumer.” - Elizabeth Hoppenworth, Director of Resident Services, DeKalb Area Retirement Center and CommunityWorks Workforce Development Committee Member