Visakhapatnam

Your course to acquire soft skills

Volunteers of KVM Foundation with their students in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Volunteers of KVM Foundation with their students in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam   | Photo Credit: C_V_SUBRAHMANYAM

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A team of students from the U.S. is offering a short-term certificate programme

The art of honing effective communication skills and the urge to stay smart have now become a top priority for most students who are keen on grooming themselves much before choosing a career.

To keep pace with this demand and cater to the needs of college students, trainers are adopting innovative techniques to make the training session as lively as possible.

With inclusive learning as its main objective, KVM Foundation, a civil society organisation, is conducting communication skills workshop free of cost. Incorporating a few interesting elements and fun-filled activities, the certificate course is being provided by a team of students from the U.S.

“A couple of years ago, when one of my friends Taylor Ottesen flew down to the port city from the U.S., he had observed that there was a disconnect of sorts in the education system and the local students needed to improve their communication skills. Keeping this in mind, we had initiated the four-month-long training session in Visakhapatnam six months ago,” says Todd Swain, who has already trained a batch of 16 students.

Managing the budget, keeping track of current affairs, and organising field trips and project works form part of the short-term course. “This apart, we also focus on teaching goal-setting, interview skills, hygiene, and money management,” says Todd.

With kala, vidya and maarpu (KVM) as the theme, the next batch of the training is all set to begin in January next.

“Foreign students from different parts of the U.S. will take turns in training the students in soft skills and a few sessions will be taken up through Skype and digital formats,” explain K. Satish Kumar and N. Santosh Kumar, directors of the foundation.

Interested candidates can enroll themselves by logging on to www.kvmfoundation.org or by contacting 7680033312.

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