Univ. Of Minn. Classes Target Social Awkwardness

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Help is on the way for socially awkward engineering students. The Gemini Project, a new program in the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering, is teaching social and professional networking skills to students who may struggle in those areas, specifically targeting engineering students. Program chairwoman Tess Surprenant told the Minnesota Daily that training engineering students in social skills is an emerging national trend at technical colleges and something that was widely overlooked before. She said the university has prepared students with the technical skills, but not necessarily the people skills, required to survive in the job market. "We're looking to build better engineers," said Mike Siegler of UTC Fire and Security, one of the volunteer speakers for the program.

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