Montana Standards for Workplace Competencies No Rating

Due to the explosive growth of technology and the globalization of commerce and industry, today’s
workplace demands that workers work smarter not harder. Thus, schools must help students acquire
workplace skills by assisting them in developing the necessary intellectual abilities and personal traits
that help them to secure and maintain employment in the business world. Schools should encourage
students to use creative and critical thinking skills, which are transferrable from the classroom to the
workplace and to the community.

In the schools, these workplace skills must build upon the basic skills, higher order thinking, and
the practice of personal qualities that emphasize such things as respect and responsibility. Also, these
workplace skills need to be taught and understood in an environment that accurately represents the
realities of today’s workplace.

Adopted in 2000

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