Have you heard of the Soft Skills Curriculum?

Have you heard of the Soft Skills Curriculum?

Published on May 17, 2012 by US Department of Labor

“Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success,” is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

For more info on the Soft Skills to Pay the Bills — Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success visit: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/.

How to Find Scholarships?

Finding Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, community service, athletic or artistic talent, and even writing and poetry. Whatever your special gifts, there is probably a scholarship to match. Scholarships do not have to be repaid, but you do have to apply for them. Each scholarship usually requires a separate application. It’s never too early or too late to look for scholarships.

Making the Most of College Visits

Making the Most of College Visits
by Margie Hatch, NCWD Youth, Posted on April 16, 2012

Posted on April 16, 2012 by NCWD Youth
Today’s blog provides guidance to youth about visiting colleges and other postsecondary institutions to help make informed decisions.
For many of you, spring break is your chance to sleep in, hang out with friends, or take a vacation with your family; however, for juniors just starting their college search and for seniors making their final selection, spring is the prime time for visiting college campuses. As exciting as it is to dream of your new life after high school, college planning can be time consuming and stressful. Choosing the right college is an important decision and takes a lot of prep work.
By now you may have read your fair share of the college brochures and view books that flood your mailbox. After these first impressions you may be thinking, “School A has the most beautiful campus and, wow, how great would it be to attend  School B (I’m the biggest fan of their basketball team!), and School C is a top ranked schools on the U.S. News & World Report – how do I choose?”

Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities

Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities

Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities website contains information about living college life with a disability.

  • It is designed for high school students.
  • The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help them get a head start in planning for college.
  • Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful.
  • Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and equip them with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.


Going to College is funded by a grant with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (#H324M030099A).

Off to College: Tips for Students with Visual Impairments

Off to College: Tips for Students with Visual Impairments
By Laura Magnuson

College is full of new experiences. You will meet new people, learn new things, and perhaps be away from home for the first time. As a person who has a visual impairment, you may be wondering how you’re going to do it all. How will you pick a good school? How will you find all your books and do all your homework? How are you going to find your way to class? Will you be able to make friends with other students? This article will answer these and other questions.