About the Program

Soft-Skills is an online program for New Mexico high school juniors and seniors funded by the New Mexico Legislature (HB-63). It is designed to help students develop life skills for personal success, whether in higher education or in the workplace. This program provides a comprehensive curriculum for developing strong work ethic, teamwork, written and verbal capabilities, and analytical and leadership skills. We are currently offering this program for up to 50% of enrolled juniors and seniors at each high school.

Dates to Remember

Call for ApplicationsAugust 31st, 2020
Open Enrollment DeadlineSeptember 30th, 2020
Notification of AwardsOctober 2nd, 2020
Teacher TrainingOctober 5th-October 9th, 2020
Student EnrollmentStarting on October 12th, 2020

Curriculum

This program is divided into three courses: 1) Basic skills for college and career success; 2) Preparing for a job or college application; and 3) Professionalism in the workplace. Students will build skills in the following areas: interpersonal relationships; communication; self-improvement; job finding; workplace habits; internet and online culture; critical thinking and problem solving; and personal etiquette. In-depth examination of the different stages of career and educational journeys will help students organize their goals and become motivated. From networking to the independent cultivation of opportunities, this program will provide students will the tools they need for a professional transition. Students, confident in their skills and new knowledge of the world beyond high school, will be able to devise their career and educational pathways.

1. Basic Skills for College and Career Success

Foundations of Communication and Preparation: Recommended Teacher Guided Lessons (20 hours)

Learning Objectives: In this course, students will be able to: 1) learn proper, positive, and consistent professional etiquette and behavior, from time management to goal orientation; 2) learn how effectively communicate; and 3) foster autonomy and motivation to begin their career journey.

Lessons:

  1. The SkillBott Explorer: Self-Assessment for Attainable Career Objectives
  2. Your Interests, Your Major, Your Career
  3. Network Your Way to Career Success
  4. Sharpening an Outcomes Based Mindset
  5. Take Advice and Make Results
  6. Mapping Long Term Possibilities
  7. Time Management: A Key to Success (Part 1)
  8. Developing an Innovative Mindset
  9. Giving and Receiving Criticism
  10. The Fine Art of Listening
  11. Developing Your Leadership Style (Part 1)
Interpersonal Relationships: Independent Student Work (20 hours)

Learning Objectives: As a follow up to the class content, in this course, students will be able to: 1) practice the art of productive conversation including listening appropriately, speaking clearly, rhetoric, and open communication; 2) practice accountability and openness in regard to relationships with those around; and 3) explore how the Internet can enhance or limit their career.

Lessons:

  1. Dealing with Ambiguity
  2. The Art of Compromising
  3. Controlling Your Emotions
  4. The Fine Art of Listening (Part 1)
  5. Time Management: A Key to Success (Part 2)
  6. Learning How to Be Persuasive
  7. The Importance of Multitasking
  8. The Internet and Your Career
  9. The Dos & Don'ts for Email, Texting, PDA's, and Cell Phones
Optional Content (4 hours)

Lessons:

  1. Learning How to Be Persuasive (Part 2)
  2. Finding Direction from Someone Is Lost: "A Drifter"

2. Preparing for a Job or a College Application

The Formula for Success: Recommended Teacher Guided Lessons (20 hours)

Learning Objectives: In this class, students will be able to: 1) learn job-acquiring skills, such as resume building, job application completion, building references, and interviewing excellence; 2) build networks with supervisors and others that can open doors and propel one toward success; and 3) learn how to seek opportunities along the way.

Lessons:

  1. Opportunities Are Created, Not Handed Out; Making Something out of Nothing
  2. Intrapreneurs and Entrepreneurs: Skills for the Future
  3. First Impressions Only Happen Once
  4. Electronic Job Search Strategies (Part 1)
  5. The Job Application Is the First Critical Step (Part 1)
  6. Resume Writing (Part 1)
  7. The Power of a Cover letter
  8. Using Informational Interviews to Your Advantage
  9. The 3 "P"s of Interviewing: Prepare, Practice, Perform
  10. Why Should I Hire You? Interviewing for Success
Tools That Will Get You Noticed: Independent Student Work (20 hours)

Learning Objectives: As a follow up to the class content, in this course, students will be able to: 1) apply day-to-day skills, such as appropriate dress and maintaining attendance excellence, in an effort to shape self-awareness for success in the future; 2) continue to understand the importance and necessity of networking; and 3) demonstrate integrity and honesty for the sake of showing initiative for a brighter future.

Lessons:

  1. Integrity in the Workplace (Part 1)
  2. Networking on the Job
  3. Proper Workplace Attendance: The First Step to Success
  4. Electronic Job Search Strategies (Part 2)
  5. The Job Application Is the First Critical Step (Part 2)
  6. Inter-Networking
  7. Resume Writing (Part 2)
  8. Dress for Success
  9. Building a Good Relationship with Your Employer
  10. Integrity in the Workplace (Part 2)

3. Professionalism in the Workplace and Post-Secondary Education

Skills That Will Make You Stand Out: Recommended Teacher Guided Lessons (20 hours)

Learning Objective: In this class, students will be able to: 1) maintain proper professional etiquette in terms of how to conduct oneself through a various number of interpersonal scenarios, which is achieved through mindfulness and self-awareness; 2) maintaining excellence and competence in the workplace using creativity and collaboration; and 3) recognize and develop cultural awareness and appreciation for diversity.

Lessons:

  1. Politics Is a Reality in the Workplace (Part 1)
  2. Understanding Goals: Efficiency and the Bottom-Line (Part 1)
  3. Important Workplace Considerations
  4. Contributing Effectively to a Team (Part 1)
  5. Workplace Entitlement (Part 1)
  6. Arrogance Has No Place in the Workplace (Part 1)
  7. You and the Customer (Part 1)
  8. Behind Closed Doors: Meeting Etiquette (Part 1)
  9. Cultural Sensitivity in the Workplace (Part 1)
  10. Cultural Awareness: Knowing Not to Cross the Line
The Finishing Touches to Your Skills Toolbox: Independent Student Work (20 hours)

Learning Objectives: As a follow up to the class content, in this course, students will be able to: 1) maintain motivation to complete a job/task to the fullest extent, 2) continue to practice decent and professional social etiquette, in person and virtually, which will help in working through difficult, personal workplace issues; and 3) drive home the importance of psychosocial competence.

Lessons:

  1. Learn to Say "I Don't Know"
  2. Consistency in the Workplace
  3. Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude
  4. Working Hard or Hardly Working
  5. Dining Etiquette for the Workplace
  6. Understanding Goals: Efficiency and the Bottom Line (Part 2)
  7. Behind Closed Doors: Meeting Etiquette (Part 2)
  8. Politics Is A Reality in the Workplace (Part 2)
  9. Workplace Entitlement (Part 2)
  10. Cultural Sensitivity in the Workplace (Part 2)
Optional Content (16 hours)

Lessons:

  1. Behind Closed Doors: Meeting Etiquette (Part 3)
  2. Workplace Entitlement (Part 3)
  3. You and the Customer (Part 2)
  4. Arrogance Has No Place in the Workplace (Part 2)
  5. Contributing Effectively to a Team (Part 2)
  6. Corporate Cultures: Learning How to Fit in and Contribute
  7. The Unwritten Rules of Workplace Communications
  8. Following Your Instincts in the Workplace

More information will be available as the program advances.