Analysis of Workforce Skills in High School Graduates: Self Report of High School Seniors in Northwest Ohio


  • Jason A. Hedrick The Ohio State University Extension, Putnam County
  • Greg Homan Wright State University Extension Lake Campus
  • Jeff Dick The Ohio State University Extension, Williams County



Analysis of workforce competencies at the conclusion of high school graduation are discussed in this paper. Researchers sampled over 875 graduating seniors from 16 high schools within six counties throughout Northwestern Ohio. Results highlight future career and educational goals of these young people and a self-report of skills based on the SCANS competencies and basic foundation skills. When evaluating Foundation Skills of Personal Qualities, Basic Skills, and Thinking Skills, students indicated highest ratings in Personal Qualities and overall lowest ratings in Basic Skills. A series of five Workforce Competencies were also evaluated, including Using Resources, Using Information, Using Technology, Interpersonal Skills, and Working in Systems. Highest ratings for Competencies were reported in Interpersonal Skills and lowest in Using Resources.






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