College Life – Navigating the System and Campus Resources

Essential Skills

Technology: “Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.” In the First Year Seminar course, you will learn how to navigate the Harper Website, Student Portal, and Blackboard, to become a successful student. You will be able to apply these skills when you move on in your academic or professional career.


Professionalism: “Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.”  In this course, you will learn how to collaborate and engage with others from different backgrounds, to achieve a common goal in a polite and respectful manner. This skill is critical, as you prepare to join the workforce. You can also build your skills in arriving to class on time, having reviewed the assignments and ensuring you are prepared for the lesson ahead. Establishing good habits now can help you for the workforce.


Essential Skills definitions taken from National Association of Colleges and Employers. Competencies for a Career-Ready Workforce. Mar. 2021


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