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WSU Core-to-Career Program Enhances Career-readiness Preparation in General Education Courses

The inaugural Core to Career cohort are learning to infuse career-ready skills into their UCORE courses. (l to r: Lisa Johnson-Shull, Amy Heile, Kate Watts, Eugene Smelyansky, Ken Faunce, Karen Phoenix, A.J. Miller, and Anna Whitehall).

PULLMAN, Wash.—Starting early in their college program, Washington State University students will soon directly experience how college coursework prepares them to be career ready, thanks to a University Common Requirements (UCORE) general education pilot program.

The inaugural Core to Career cohort are learning to infuse career-ready skills into their UCORE courses. (l to r: Lisa Johnson-Shull, Amy Heile, Kate Watts, Eugene Smelyansky, Ken Faunce, Karen Phoenix, A.J. Miller, and Anna Whitehall).

Fifteen educators make up the first Core-to-Career Program cohort. Throughout fall semester, they are attending workshops and revising course plans to include lessons and assignments that tie to desired job competencies.

“In this way, classes across several disciplines will feature messaging about career-readiness, and these lessons will impact students even before they declare their majors,” said Clif Stratton, UCORE director. UCORE is part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

“From some of their first college courses, this unique initiative aims to help students learn, cultivate, and be able to communicate about specific, valued skills. Ultimately, this could help them reach future professional and personal goals.”

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