Soft Skills Training Workshops Prepare Students for the Workplace

Building community partnerships is a main goal of our campuses, and gaining their feedback helps to determine what skills and abilities businesses are looking for in Rasmussen College graduates.

Businesses provide their insight during quarterly advisory board meetings, and during the Winter 2013 meeting at the New Port Richey campus, business and community members stressed the importance of “people skills”, also known as “soft skills”, for college graduates. Soft skills can be defined as personal attributes that enhance an individual's interactions, job performance and career prospects, such as communication skills, ability to work in a team and adaptability.

With a goal of better preparing Rasmussen College students for their careers, RasMuscles was created. The 8-week workshop series focuses on active Rasmussen student body and their “soft” or “essential” skills.

The series launched during the spring 2013 quarter at the New Port Richey campus and a workshop was held weekly for seven weeks covering topics such as leadership, work ethic, self-confidence and constructive criticism. 

More than 80 students participated collectively in the series, and each one completed a survey at the conclusion of each session.  The survey allowed tracking of student outcomes and satisfaction. 

Since RasMuscles was a success at the New Port Richey campus, all three of the Tampa Bay region campuses are now hosting the “RasMuscles: Essential Skills Workshop Series”.  Every Tuesday at the Land O Lakes campus, every Wednesday at the Tampa campus and Every Thursday at the New Port Richey campus students have the opportunity to strengthen their RasMuscles.

The student experience is a holistic one that should provide learning opportunities inside and out of the classroom. That is what RasMuscles is all about; student experience, faculty engagement and more importantly student preparedness.

Students share their feedback:

“The [workshop] has shown me that there are ways of getting organized. With tools and ideas from campus leaders I have a better perspective of organization." - Medical Assisting Student

“I was introduced to a new way of thinking about communication." - Programming Student

“I learned that self-confidence is important for everyone. Self-confidence is needed to be successful." - Early Childhood Education Student

“Today’s lesson on adaptability inspired me to be more flexible." - Digital Design Student

“This workshop helped me become more organized in school and at home." - LPN Student

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Walter D. Joseph, M.Ed., is a Learning Center Coordinator at Rasmussen College in New Port Richey. HE has worked in the field of Higher Education for over 5 years. Walter also has a M.Ed. in Education from The University of South Florida. Walter is dedicated to student holistic development and is a facilitator of lifelong learning.

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