Thankfully, it looks like the trades are experiencing a resurgence in America. What has long been treated as an educational back water in America is now seeing increased attention as learners weigh the exploding costs of higher education. Furthermore, the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism industries are essential economic drivers around the world.
Unfortunately, "vocational" training still feels stuck in the previous century, often leaving learners with marketable trade skills, but little in the way of interpersonal, leadership, and communication training. These "21st century skills" are absolutely critical for any employee to be "work ready" in a modern economy, and they are the difference-maker for those who want to advance in their careers.
CASEWORX has teamed up with California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the country, to build a new series of interactive scenarios around the 4Cs: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication. Learners will take part in various conflicts inside a popular Sacramento restaurant, learning how to solve problems and navigate relationships effectively. Using story, educators and students can build their emotional intelligence and strategic decision making abilities, truly making themselves "work ready."
This collaboration with CCC will start pilots in Summer 2020.