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Soft Skills Curriculum

By definition, Soft Skills are the transferable skills needed by an individual to make them “employable.” Soft skills may also be known as employment, work-readiness, or foundational skills.

Why are soft skills valuable?

  • Employers are not only looking for individuals with good technical understanding and subject knowledge; they are often looking for candidates with developing expertise, knowledge base or mindset that will make them a more valuable employee. 
  • Individuals with soft skills can continually improve their performance, minimize errors, collaborate with coworkers, and perform their roles more effectively. 
  • A candidate with a broader set of skills will stand out against other candidates with similar qualifications and experience.

Soft Skills Curriculum

The curriculum consists of six units covering the most sought-after soft skills. Unit lessons can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Feel free to adapt the outline to fit your classroom style! 

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Unit 1 - Character

  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability
  • Empathy
  • Problem solving and decision making

Unit 2 - Social Skills

Social Skills
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Networking

Unit 3 - Communication

  • Verbal
  • Written
  • Nonverbal

Unit 4 - Workplace

  • Planning and organization
  • Time management
  • Professionalism
  • Customer Service

Unit 5 - Etiquette and Ethics

Etiquette and Ethics
  • Cultural
  • Dining
  • Social Media
  • Workplace ethics

Unit 6 - Putting your skills to the test

Putting your skills to the test
  • Resumes
    • References
  • Cover Letter
  • Interview
    • In-person
    • Virtual
    • Phone

Additional ag literacy resources available on the website:


On-demand learning at your fingertips. The AgHub features multiple learning portals covering a wide range of topics. Ag educators will find informative resources to support classroom lessons.
  • Educational Videos
  • Templates and Worksheets
  • Relevant Articles
  • and More!

From the Ground Up: Agricultural Business Toolkit

Access multiple learning portals covering planning, managing and analyzing agricultural operations.
  • From the Ground Up: Agricultural Business Toolkit
    • Business Planning
    • Business Structures
    • Funding Opportunities 
    • Recordkeeping
    • Risk Management
    • Mental Health
    • Business Analysis
    • Farm Transition Planning
    • Marketing

Educator Resources - Blog Articles

Browse multiple blog articles used by ag educators and students.  Topics covered range from forestry to animal by-products to mushrooms. There is something for everyone!

Important Notice and Disclaimer

These materials are provided for educational and informational purposes only. These materials may not be current and up-to-date. You should not act or refrain from acting based on these materials or the information they contain without seeking advice from an appropriate professional. Farm Credit of the Virginias, ACA expressly disclaims any liability for all acts and omissions taken or made in reliance on these materials or any information contained in these materials.

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