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Hard Skills Open the Door. Soft Skills Build The Future.

About This Session


In today’s dynamic work landscape, the interplay between hard skills and soft skills is pivotal for professional success. While hard skills provide the technical foundation necessary for specific roles, soft skills are the invisible threads that weave together effective collaboration, adaptability, and personal growth.

Regardless of what current trends want to call them, soft skills are essential to successful living. They can make or break relationships of all kinds. There are many resources and publications focusing on soft skills, but no matter which you choose, impactful instruction depends on the application of those resources.

Partnered with Houston Community College, we developed a supplemental course for welding students that included a focus on building soft skills through a book study and using complementary animation produced in partnership with the Greater Houston Partnership’s UpSkill Houston program. The result is a transformative training course equipped with a powerful blend of hard and soft skills to help learners navigate the ever-evolving professional landscape.

What we'll cover:

Equip your instructional expertise with a powerful blend of hard and soft skills leading to:

  1. Understanding soft skills as an essential part of the learning experience;
  2. Engaging in reflective processes to explore the impact of soft skills on employment retention;
  3. Crafting soft skills opportunities through project based learning.

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
topic work readiness, literacy for work 450x68
Session will also cover:
topic - diversity, equity & inclusion
topic - digital literacy & technology


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Handouts & Materials

No handouts or materials available at this time.


Aguilera, Jackie

Jacqueline Aguilera
Project Manager
Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy – Houston

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ROLE classroom instructors
LEVEL beginner
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