Professional Development Program (PDP)
Employability Skills – While proper technical skills are undeniably important to employers, so are employability skills including the ability to communicate, work on a team, resolve conflicts, confront ethical dilemmas and manage one's time. The Professional Development Program (PDP), a curriculum developed by SkillsUSA in conjunction with business and industry teaches these skills.
SkillsUSA's Professional Development Program (PDP) guides students through 84 employability skills activities that are covered in seven levels of the program. The activities help meet the competencies outlined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).
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 more.
Use of the PDP encourages local business involvement in the training of tomorrow's entry-level workers. The curriculum can be used as an individual self-development course or for group instruction. It can be integrated into the existing curriculum or used as a separate course of study. Students are recognized for individual achievement as they develop their professional and occupational skills.
The program enables instructors to become managers of the learning process by encouraging students to become responsible for their own learning and development. PDP links academic and occupational programs as well as business, industry and community leaders in partnerships for student development.
PDP features include the following:
The Professional Development Program is endorsed by industry leaders including:
Benefits and Features for teachers, students, and businesses
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