Core Abilities

Core AbilitiesWDT Core abilities are essential workplace skills that cut across occupational and academic titles. They are broad, common abilities that students must possess to be prepared for the work force and for lifelong learning.

Core abilities are different from course competencies in that they are not course-specific. They are not taught in lessons. Instead, they are broader skills that run through courses and lessons. These abilities enable learners to perform competencies.

WDT Core abilities are comprised of transferable skills, attitudes, and abilities expected to be mastered by learners completing a program. They go beyond a specific program, are integrated throughout the learning experience, and are institutional.

The following core abilities and indicators are derived from the mission statement and objectives of WDT and its guiding principles:

Life skills – Means that an individual applies the principles of physical and psychological wellness to his or her life.

  • Take responsibility for own behavior
  • Balance family, work, finances and personal needs
  • Relate personal values and goals to the work environment
  • Recognize the importance of personal wellness

Analytical skills – Means that the individual applies the principles and strategies of purposeful, active and organized thinking.

  • Evaluate technology
  • Identify problems
  • Apply an appropriate problem solving process
  • Make informed decisions
  • Respect others’ points of view
  • Differentiate fact from opinion
  • Experiment with original ideas
  • Accept ambiguity

Communication skills – Means that an individual is able to apply appropriate writing, speaking, and listening skills in order to precisely convey information, ideas, and opinions.

  • Use standard English principles (spelling, grammar, and structure)
  • Use language and details appropriate to the level of audience
  • Check for accuracy
  • Present information in a readable form
  • Listen

Technology Skills – Means that an individual possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to use a computer and other technology methods utilized within his or her chosen field.

  • Use technology to communicate
  • Solve problems using technology
  • Use appropriate technology to manage information
  • Recognize the impact of technology

Teamwork techniques – Means that an individual is capable of working with others to complete tasks, solve problems, and resolve conflicts.

  • Demonstrate respect in relating to people
  • Cooperate and resolve conflicts effectively
  • Participate in shared problem solving

Social values – Means that an individual possesses an awareness of differences in backgrounds and cultures, and demonstrates respect while working with different backgrounds/cultures.

  • Acknowledge personal prejudices and biases
  • Appreciate perspectives of people outside own background/culture
  • Work collaboratively with persons from other backgrounds/cultures

Employability – Means that an individual possesses and applies effective work habits and attitudes within the classroom or training situation.

  • Manage time and work load
  • Attend classes as scheduled
  • Turn in quality work
  • Adhere to safety rules and regulations
  • Act professionally to fulfill job duties within chosen field
  • Demonstrate flexibility and self-directedness in learning