Folsom Lake College graduates bring a solid collection of job skills into the local workplace, according to the results of a survey recently commissioned by the college and the Los Rios Center of Excellence.
However, the same survey found local employers have difficulty overall finding qualified, well-trained job applicants for some positions in the general workforce — and those same businesses identify lack of “soft skills” as a major hiring obstacle.
Administered in September/October 2011, the needs assessment survey targeted organizations and businesses of all sizes in the region. With 100 responses, this survey provides an excellent snapshot of the workforce challenges faced by organizations in the Folsom Lake College service area.
Highlights include: Career Technical Education graduates from Folsom Lake College were ranked as excellent or adequate in all 11 skill areas identified as important for mid-level workers.
Yet two-thirds of the organizations reported difficulty finding qualified, well-trained job applicants for mid-level positions (those that require an Associate’s degree or certificate).
Nearly half of the organizations identified lack of “soft skills” as a major hiring obstacle. Soft skills include character traits like interpersonal communication, time management, and flexibility/adaptability. Lack of qualifications specific to the position and lack of relevant experience were also major hiring obstacles.
“Monitoring the region’s workforce needs is essential to developing and maintaining career and technical programs that match local demand. This survey is a great information resource for the region,” said Dr. Stuart Van Horn, the college’s Dean of Career Technical Education. “Folsom Lake College remains committed to working with businesses to help meet local needs.”
For more information on the survey or Folsom Lake College’s Career Technical Education programs contact Dr. Van Horn at (916) 608-6687.