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Kimberly A. Moore and Brian J. Pearson

and knowledge as hard skills, whereas interpersonal skills, character traits, attitudes, behaviors, and people skills are soft skills. The list of some soft skills that employers are looking for include communication (writing and public speaking

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Brian J. Pearson, Kimberly A. Moore and Dennis T. Ray

referred to as career or soft skills, encompass an array of proficiencies critical for workplace success. Although broadly defined, professional skills include the following: effective communication, the ability to solve complex problems and think

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Brian J. Pearson and Kimberly Moore

-specific knowledge and skills are necessary for successful employment in horticulture, broad-based skills, often referred to as professional or soft skills, are also critical for career success. Employer surveys found professional skills to be lacking in college

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Dennis T. Ray, Joy J. Winzerling and Michael E. Staten

literature these skill sets are called “people skills,” “human skills,” “interpersonal skills,” “teamwork skills,” “management skills,” and most often “soft skills.” Because of their long-term importance to each student’s employment options and career success

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Chad T. Miller

speaking or soft skills (e.g., accurate and effective communication, working well under pressure) are beneficial for professional development and securing employment ( Crawford et al., 2011 ; Easterly et al., 2017 ). Many students embraced the competition

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Coleman L. Etheredge, Tina M. Waliczek and Pratheesh Omana Sudhakaran

with others through the program ( Table 1 ). With traditional horticulture curricula, soft skills such as managing people and networking are both difficult concepts to incorporate into conventional lecture and laboratory sessions ( Pearson et al., 2017