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1 Enhance Your College/Career Readiness Program with “Soft Skills” Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence LifeSmart Publishing, LLC LifeSmart Publishing, LLC

2 Are You Preparing College- and Career-Ready Students? Universities and employers are looking for well-prepared high school graduates who are ready to take on the challenges and responsibilities of higher level academics and the workplace.

3 Will They Get This?

4 Or This?

5 Let’s Look at the Facts Fact #1: Among the top eighteen industrialized nations in the world, the United States ranks ninth in the world in enrollment but dead last in completion rates.

6 Fact #2: The teen jobless rate in the U.S. has been over 20% for five years (currently 24.1%). Many employers say, when given a choice, they prefer to hire older applicants due to the lack of work ethic and reliability in young people.

7 Fact #3: According to colleges and employers, young adults are less than successful at college and in the workplace not for lack of academic knowledge, but for lack of “soft skills” like endurance, self-reliance, communication, resourcefulness, and problem-solving.

8 What are “soft skills?” They include: Strategic perspective and focus Strategic perspective and focus Character and ethics Character and ethics Relationship building and communication Relationship building and communication Personal productivity/discipline Personal productivity/discipline Modeling the qualities employers value Modeling the qualities employers value

9 Establishing a Personal Leadership Foundation

10 Strategic Perspective and Focus

11 Desired Outcomes: Sense of vision and purpose Sense of vision and purpose Holistic definition of “success” Holistic definition of “success” Positive outlook and attitude Positive outlook and attitude Other-centeredness Other-centeredness

12 Character and Ethics

13 Desired Outcomes: Commitment to excellence Commitment to excellence Non-negotiable integrity Non-negotiable integrity Modeling qualities of honorable leaders Modeling qualities of honorable leaders Demonstrating self-discipline and respect Demonstrating self-discipline and respect

14 Relationship Building and Communication

15 Desired Outcomes: Building healthy friendships Building healthy friendships Being an encouraging team player Being an encouraging team player Respectful and adaptable communications Respectful and adaptable communications Listening to understand Listening to understand

16 Personal Productivity and Discipline

17 Desired Outcomes: Effective goal setting and time management Effective goal setting and time management Objective decision making Objective decision making Strong learning disciplines Strong learning disciplines Perseverance through stress and adversity Perseverance through stress and adversity

18 Modeling the Qualities Employers Value

19 Desired Outcomes: Effective goal setting and time management Effective goal setting and time management Objective decision making Objective decision making Strong learning disciplines Strong learning disciplines Excellence in everything Excellence in everything

20 The What I Wish I Knew at 18 Life Skills and Leadership Course targets these vital topics with relevant insight, instruction, and application

21 Speaking to Your Program Needs College and Career Readiness Financial Literacy Life Literacy Soft Skills Developmental Assets LeadershipLife Skills Achievement Gap School culture Graduation Rates

22 What I Wish I Knew at 18 Comprehensive vision for a successful launch into adulthood Comprehensive vision for a successful launch into adulthood Personal leadership and life skills Personal leadership and life skills Wisdom for key decisions based on the ways of honorable leaders Wisdom for key decisions based on the ways of honorable leaders Conversationally and universally Conversationally and universally written for young and old alike written for young and old alike

23 About the Course  Generally for upper high school grades but easily adapted to lower grades  9- or 18-week program  Free downloadable leader’s guide with lesson planning tools and resources  High level of flexibility for facilitators  Invaluable, relevant, and interactive content  Targets key concepts that promote life readiness

24 Sample Lessons Student Guide  Recognize that First Impressions are Huge – Page 43  Become a Masterful Decision-Maker – Page 58  Demonstrate the Qualities Employers Value – Page 88

25 Versatile Resources to Support Your Objectives  Core curriculum (or supplemental resource) for leadership/life skills, family, college/career readiness, and relationship courses  Resource for student mentoring  Summer reading book for all students  Student Advisory and At-Risk resource  Designed to improve student performance and school culture

26 Contact Information Available at dennistrittin.com, Amazon, AtlasBooks, bookstores Available at dennistrittin.com, Amazon, AtlasBooks, bookstores Contact: Dennis Trittin, President and CEO: Contact: Dennis Trittin, President and CEO: (920) (mobile) (920) (mobile) Bulk pricing and discounts Bulk pricing and discounts Weekly newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter Weekly newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter

27 THANK YOU for building the next generation of honorable leaders. We salute you! THANK YOU for building the next generation of honorable leaders. We salute you!


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