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Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program (PDP), A School-to-Work Curriculum - Winner of the 1996 IACET Oracle Award and the 1996 AVA-VIM Award of Excellence..

  Anthony Daniels

SkillsUSA has released the totally revamped employability skills training curriculum, the Professional Development Program; this latest edition has been updated to meet employers' needs and streamlined for easier implementation. The program guides students through 84 employability skills activities that are covered in seven levels of the program, activities that help meet the competencies outlined by the U.S.Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS). A school-to-work curriculum, the PDP provides the tools to strengthen school-based learning, work-based learning and connecting activities as outlined in the School to Work Opportunities Act.

Skills lessons include self-assessments to communications skills, ethics, conflict resolution, government awareness, time management skills, career research and much more.

For more information, see the national PDP pages.

Download a sample PDP test.

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