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Date: 12/20/2017

Blount County Library to Offer Soft Skills Classes

Maryville, Tenn. – It's Your Career! That's the focus of nine free soft skills sessions offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce that are scheduled over the next 12 months. 


With more and more millennials entering the workforce, employers have noticed many workers in a variety of professions are lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation. But, even though they possess the hard skills to get an interview, it's the important soft skills that will land the job and help them keep it.


"Workforce development is an ongoing focus for the Blount Chamber," said Tammi Ford, Vice President of the Blount Chamber of Commerce. "As companies grow and new ones come into Blount County, we must have qualified workers for these jobs. Soft skills training is one of several workforce development areas the Chamber continues to tackle."


Registrations are currently being accepted online at for the first class entitled Time Management set for Jan. 26.


The other classes offered include Building a Team, Managing People and Personalities, Free Resources for Professional Development, How to Run an Effective Meeting, Improving Your Presentation Style – Speaking, Improving Your Presentation Style – Strategies for Engaging Presentations, Making Your Social Media Look Good and Creating Infographics for Promoting Your Business.


All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library’s learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. A complete class description is located on the registration site. All classes run from 8-10 a.m. with networking beginning at 7:30 a.m.


"Soft skills are strengthened and developed over time, and are necessary if you desire to climb the career ladder," said KC Williams, Director of Blount County Library. "Soft skills are those personal traits, habits, interpersonal skills and leadership that characterize our relationships with other people. Developing these skills is an important part of an individual's contribution to the success of an organization."


Williams added, "That's the reason we are working with the Blount Partnership to reach as many young people and those early in their professional career as we can to show them how these skills play an important role not only in their job setting, but their personal lives."