LET US Academy Created to Promote STEM 2.0 Employability Skills

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Brian Jackson

Tuskegee University launched, in partnership with The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University and made possible by a charitable grant from DuPont, the Leadership and Excellence Tuskegee University Students (L.E.T. U.S.) Academy for STEM majors, to provide and teach employability skills. Staff from The Ray Center at Drake University will train Tuskegee University faculty in the Excellence with Integrity Employability Essentials Program, endorsed by STEMconnector and implemented currently at Des Moines Area Community College. The program focuses on teaching STEM students the skills needed to be employed in a demanding workforce.

The program embeds Employability Essentials into required courses for STEM majors at Tuskegee University. Employability Essentials distills the latest research into curricular resources that help students to develop skills critical for success in the workplace. Covering a range of topics, from work ethic and integrity to communication and prioritization, students are provided with strategies, tools, and rubrics, to support development of employability skills alongside technical skills. Covering a range of topics, from work ethic and integrity to communication and prioritization, students are provided with strategies, tools and simulations to intentionally integrate employability skill development into student learning. It is anticipated that students’ accountability in subsequent semesters in the classroom as well as in early work experiences will improve through the program.

In 2014, the STEM Innovation Task Force, a project of STEMconnector, designed the four capability platforms of the STEM 2.0 strategy: Digital Fluency, Innovation Excellence, Employability Skills and Industry-Specific Skills. The L.E.T. U.S. Academy is focused on the Employability Skills capability platform, aligning industry and education to demands for career job readiness. The Academy is an excellent example of a capability platform in action.

Click here to access the LET US Academy application. Application deadline for the inaugural  year (2017-2018 academic year) is August 13, 2017. The form will go live beginning on July 15, 2017.

For more information on the L.E.T. U.S. Academy, e-mail Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller, Assistant Dean of Development for the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, Tuskegee University, at obtiller@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

For more information on Excellence with Integrity Employability Essentials, please visit www.drake.edu/raycenter or contact Stephanie Oppel, Associate Director, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center, at stephanie.oppel@drake.edu