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Union County Youth Can Learn Essential Work "Soft Skills" This Summer

Youth in Union County have the opportunity this summer to have fun and learn essential work skills!

Workforce Solutions at Henderson Community College is hosting a summer youth camp for youth between the ages of 14-17 who reside in Union County. The curriculum is based on Skills That Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success created by the Department of Labor. Students will participate in fun, interactive activities that reinforce the program s lessons in communication, enthusiasm, teamwork, networking, problem solving and professionalism.

According to the 2007 Every Promise, Every Child: Turning Failure into Action report, a large percentage of young people preparing to enter the workforce over the next two decades are significantly lacking in the soft or applied skills such as teamwork, decision-making and communication that will help them become effective employees and managers.

In a Job Outlook 2008 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges amp; Employers, the top characteristics looked for in new hires were all soft skills: communication ability, a strong work ethic, initiative, interpersonal skills and teamwork.

Youth will attend class sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays July 9 through August 1 at HCC s Herron Center and then will have the opportunity to job shadow individuals in Union County s businesses and industries in the afternoons. There is no fee to participate, but the class size will be limited.

For more information contact Pamala Wilson at or (270) 831-9649 or Shannon Clements at or (270) 831-9711.