Retention ranks as the number-one challenge to career colleges today. In fact, it is a problem facing all levels of education. Getting the students into school is one thing; keeping them there is another. In order for students and schools to succeed, students must stay in school. According to a recent national survey, business owners and corporate executives were asked to rate what they valued most in a new employee:
The results are clear: 81% of corporations rates performance skills (dependability, honesty, good attitude) as far more important than “hard” skills (competence). However, most schools spend an overwhelming majority of time and energy developing the hard skills. How do you fill the gap between what employers want and what schools teach? How do you turn out graduates ready to meet the challenges of the fast-paced world of business?
- Dependability – 35%
- Honesty – 27%
- Good Attitude – 19%
- Competence – 19%
Building on nearly 40 years’ experience with a curriculum based on the tenets of cognitive psychology and social learning theory, The Pacific Institute® bridges this gap with its innovative program Thought Patterns for a Successful Career®.
A typical implementation plan involves two distinct yet interdependent tracks. Administration, staff and teachers receive Investment in Excellence® and training to facilitate Thought Patterns for a Successful Career®, which is presented to the students. The comprehensive, customized process combines education, training and consulting to produce lasting, measurable results to improve school effectiveness.
What can you expect?
Designed specifically to enhance student retention as well as give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond, Thought Patterns emphasizes those “soft” skills most desired by employers:
- Critical Thinking
How does it work?
Students’ successful assimilation of The Pacific Institute’s® curriculum is reflected in many ways. They stay in school, attend and succeed in their classes, succeed in their jobs, and – most importantly – succeed in life.