Kentucky graduates are learning essential skills for employment


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky has become the first state in the nation to pilot a certification process that ensures college graduates have the skills employers are looking for when hiring, according to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

The CPE said the program launched a year ago and already has two certified programs in construction engineering & technology and occupational health and safety in bachelor degree programs at Murray State University. An associate degree program in medical assisting is available at Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

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Integrating essential skills into the curriculum through the Essential Employability Qualities (EEQ) certification offer employers students with skills such as communication, thinking and problem solving, inquiry, and professionalism among several others.

“I don’t call these soft skills. These are essential skills, or employability skills, that our graduates need for successful careers,” said CPE President Aaron Thompson.

The CPE said four other Kentucky campuses are pursuing certification of their programs including the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, Gateway Community and Technical College and Jefferson Community and Technical College.

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