Winona State University Theme

For WSU and for the Winona community, partnering around year-long themes has proven to be an effective strategy for bringing faculty, staff, students and community members to the engagement table.

2019-20 Career Readiness

Today, the world of work evolves through technological advances, globalization, and workforce diversification; the need for competent, responsible leaders grows; and the value of a liberal arts education is challenged.

Are we, as a higher education institution ready for what the future holds?

Are our students prepared to serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, life and communities as our WSU mission states?

How do they know they are ready?

The Career Readiness theme team will utilize the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness Model, which through extensive research identified eight core competencies that employers seek in college graduates.

These eight core competencies align well with the University’s student learning outcomes and complement many of the learning outcomes of academic programs.

This model will create a framework to assist students to identify, articulate, and advance these eight core competency areas through curricular and co-curricular programming.

The theme also invites academic programs to highlight and share their best practices around competency identification, articulation, and advancement unique to their disciplines.


Core Competencies

  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Professionalism and Career Management
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Digital Technology
  • Global and Cultural Fluency
  • Civic Engagement