“Technical skills are important, but without employability skills,
technical skills are merely commodities. Employability skills
turn intellectual commodities into intellectual capital.”
– Peter Saflund

Information Technology Workforce Skills Study,
Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections

content focus

The project developed self-contained instructional modules that integrate technical concepts in advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity with employability skills.


Six major categories of employability skills, repeatedly mentioned in workforce surveys and research reports, and validated by the project's industry advisory board, serve as the focus of the integrated curriculum. They include: