via Richard Sizemore [link]

This years Workforce Solutions Symposium featured Catherine Conlon, a recent graduate from Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center’s Manufacturing Technology Training (MTT) program, a Division of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, along with her instructor, Steve Sweeney, and Debby Hopkins from the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board. VR Workforce Studio was on hand for this live podcast. (Click here for Episode 71-Soft Skill for Success in Manufacturing).

Miss Wheelchair Virginia, Vicki Varner, engaged the panel with a fun-filled and compelling countdown of the top ten soft skills needed for success in the workforce today. The complete list is outlined in the show notes at the attached link. If you are interested in soft skills in the classroom or on the plant floor, you’ll want to check out this episode and possibly share it with others.

Catherine Conlon is a recent graduate of the MTT Program and shared her vocational rehabilitation training experience and the impact it had on her development of an array of job ready soft skills.

Catherine obtained two workforce credentials recognized by the “Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act” (WIOA), including MT1 (manufacturing technician one) and MS (manufacturing specialists) in addition to her OSHA 10, forklift operator certificate and a career readiness certificate.

Finally, Cherie Takemoto, of the Rehabilitation Services Administrations National Clearinghouse for Rehabilitation Training Materials provided an overview of several resources available on soft skills development and training. There are all listed in the show notes at the website.


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