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Technical school students learn interpersonal workplace skills

Reading, writing, ’rithmetic. For the three ‘r’s’ there are time-tested lesson plans and standardized tests to ensure student mastery, but in today’s highly competitive job market, employers want workers who can do more than demonstrate academic accomplishment and technical know-how.

They’re looking to hire candidates with an upbeat attitude and the ability to collaborate with others, so-called soft skills that can’t be gleaned from a textbook. So how do young workers, who have limited, if any, on-the-job experience, polish these skills?

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