MoCoCAP is supported by The Universities at Shady Grove, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College, in our effort to students in their journey to become prepared for the world of work. USG has collaborated with Montgomery County educators to develop an initiative called Hire U that contains a shared set of career readiness competencies, reflecting key behaviors that employers, across all industries and functional areas, are seeking in graduates entering the world of work. Our plan includes a focus on helping students develop these competencies.
These nine career competencies are adapted from best practices developed by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), in addition other sources, including employers. Employer involvement was key to the development of these national best practice models, and including employer priorities is central to our approach in Montgomery County.
Complementing the skills and experiences students receive in the classroom, students must seek experiences out of the classroom, which will help to develop these competencies over time. The development of these competencies, in addition to completion of a college degree and participation in meaningful experiential learning experiences, will help students become prepared, competitive, and ready to thrive.