SSSI recognizes the importance of building skills essential to student success inside the classroom, the workplace and the community. To this end, skill building is woven into the fabric of SSSI programming. Students who participate in the program will increase their understanding and application of skills in the following areas:
- Analytical/ Critical Thinking: Students explore multiple ways to solve any given problem and make decisions. They learn how to develop strategies and plans to achieve a desired goal. They are required to support their decisions through logic and must assess how their decisions are affecting the team as well as others.
- Leadership: Students learn how to motivate others and inspire vision. They are challenged to assign tasks based on strengths and weaknesses of their team, influence ideas, adapt to unexpected changes, solve problems quickly and accurately and be creative in solving complex issues.
- Time management: Students learn how to manage their time wisely in order to fulfill academic obligations and goals, ultimately resulting in timely graduation. They also learn how to use time-management tools to plan their time based on task priority.
- Professional: Students learn etiquette, appropriate dress, professional language and business ethics. In addition, students learn the importance of punctuality, working efficiently, effectively and operating with a standard of excellence.
- Communication: Students learn how to effectively listen and appropriately express ideas verbally and in writing.
- Organizational: They learn to prioritize tasks and are challenged to practically apply organizational skills through utilizing lists, calendars and other tools.
- Technology: Students are expected to utilize current technology (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, basic internet skills) in preparing academic and organizational projects.
- Interpersonal: Through a series of tasks, students engage with their peers and program coordinators. They learn how to effectively give and receive constructive criticism while considering the feelings of others, but not compromising the goal.