Soft Skills for STEM (S3TEM), funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration, is the premier soft skills training and development program for STEM students and young professionals. Started in 2017 by Dr. Michelle B. Lee, S3TEM is experiencing explosive growth, rave reviews and has already impacted the lives of thousands of students and professionals from high schools, colleges, and universities around the country.
Program highlights include:
"Soft skills are personal abilities that improve human performance and facilitate effective interactions amongst people." —Al Duncan, Master Soft Skills Trainer
Soft skills complement and support the technical requirements necessary to acquire and maintain employment. S3TEM uses Al Duncan's 5 Soft Skills Clusters as the foundational framework for our tools, resources, & curriculum.
The 5 Soft Skills Clusters are:
Pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines requires many years of knowledge and skill acquisition. To become an effective professional requires time to identify and develop key professional skills for success in any chosen career.
In particular, organizational savvy requires many soft skills to navigate the general business rules—the unwritten rules as well as the politics of a particular work culture. Personal effectiveness includes a range of soft skills that if left unpracticed can derail the career of even the most accomplished professional.
Some key benefits of having strong soft skills:
Check out this video featuring Dr. David Rude—Chief Learning Officer, NNSA—speaking at the Annual S3TEM Lessons Learned Workshop.