The value of skills, and more skills

Community colleges are often expected to be all things to all people. They are designed to be nimble – adjusting quickly to the needs of the regions they serve. Economic and employment trends often drive these changes, and at Rock Valley College we are called to the table to discuss how we can help address issues in the community. We say it often: it’s our mission, and it’s our privilege.

Last fall Inside Higher Ed published a piece based on a study by Northeastern University that discusses the “soft skills” sought by employers, regardless of the industry. Rock Valley College’s own Dr. Tom Lombardo, professor of Engineering and Technology, recently wrote a compelling article with a very similar perspective. Check it out here.

For the past few years there has been a great deal of discussion both regionally and nationally about the value of liberal arts education and the need for a skilled workforce. It can be easily argued that our region needs both.

The misconception is that the two are mutually exclusive.