Preparing students for the workplace

According to a report by National Center for Education Statistics*, over 40% of students enrolling in a two-year college do so with the express goal of acquiring or improving jobs skills. Whether you are incorporating employability skills into a chemistry-based technology program or adding value to a transfer program, the following resources can help you prepare your students for the workplace.

Program resources

Curriculum resources

  • ACS WebinarsTM
    Free on-line seminars with leaders in chemical sciences, management, and business on relevant professional topics (See also, recordings from the ACS Careers Industry Forum)
  • Professional skills
    Resources to help incorporate such skills as communication, safety, and ethics into the curriculum
  • Research and internships
    Resources to help faculty provide and/or find valuable workplace experiences for their students
  • Student skills for success
    Toolkit to bring together students, employers, and faculty to discuss the skills that really matter in the workplace

Skill standards

Career information

  • College to Career
    Web portal with information for undergrads on a variety of careers in the chemical sciences
  • O*NET online*
    Career and skill information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • CTE™ Career Clusters*
    Curriculum resources for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
  • WorkKeys*
    ACT’s system for identifying workplace knowledge and skills and incorporating them into a curriculum

* These resources are provided for informational purposes only. Listing of a product or service on this website does not constitute an endorsement by ACS.


Contact Us

Have a question? Want to suggest a resource? Contact the ACS Undergraduate Programs Office (1-800-227-5558, ext. 6108).