Peak Performance U

Peak Performance U is a powerful new online course that delivers thought-provoking content reinforced by in-depth video discussions undertaken with various industry leaders and sports icons regarding career readiness, workplace expectations, and hiring practices.

Achieving peak performance on a consistent basis is often opposed by countless challenges, frustrations, and disappointments. The lack of thorough preparation, due diligence, and accountability are frequently the culprits. Many well-intended students create one strategy after the next, but fall short in the implementation process.

The foundation of the content found in Peak Performance U – 9 Essential Skills for the Workplace is in response to the guidance and requirements of various businesses and industries eager to align, promote, and train students for viable future careers. Developed in accordance with Act 480, Peak Performance U cultivates critical skills identified by Regional Advisory Councils over a three-year period. Whether a student is striving toward the attainment of a post-secondary education or plans to enter the workforce directly, these 9 Essential Skills for the Workplace are necessary for the transition. The following are the nine units and accompanying lessons found in this rigorous online course:

Structuring a Sturdy Work Ethic

  • Lesson One: Attendance and Timeliness
  • Lesson Two: Initiative
  • Lesson Three: Problem Solving
  • Lesson Four: Dependability
  • Lesson Five: Follow-up and Follow-through
  • Lesson Six: Time Management
  • Lesson Seven: Accountability
  • Lesson Eight: Humility
  • Lesson Nine: Determination

Respecting Human Dignity

  • Lesson One: Listening
  • Lesson Two: Respecting Authority
  • Lesson Three: Tolerance
  • Lesson Four: Diversity
  • Lesson Five: Preparedness
  • Lesson Six: Sobriety
  • Lesson Seven: Self-control
  • Lesson Eight: Appearance
  • Lesson Nine: Respect

Strengthening Connectivity

  • Lesson One: Social Media Etiquette
  • Lesson Two: Body Language
  • Lesson Three: Nonverbal Communication
  • Lesson Four: Grammar and Punctuation
  • Lesson Five: Interview Skills
  • Lesson Six: Résumé Development
  • Lesson Seven: Handwritten Notes
  • Lesson Eight: Civility
  • Lesson Nine: Relationships

Understanding Business Etiquette

  • Lesson One: Assertiveness
  • Lesson Two: Working the Room
  • Lesson Three: Personal Space
  • Lesson Four: Exceeding Expectations
  • Lesson Five: Community Involvement
  • Lesson Six: Controlling Gossip
  • Lesson Seven: Cell Phone Usage
  • Lesson Eight: Professionalism
  • Lesson Nine: Table Manners

Achieving through Collaboration

  • Lesson One: Taking Responsibility
  • Lesson Two: Taking Ownership
  • Lesson Three: Teamwork
  • Lesson Four: Collaboration
  • Lesson Five: Cooperation
  • Lesson Six: Anticipating Outcomes & Consequences
  • Lesson Seven: Loyalty
  • Lesson Eight: Humbleness
  • Lesson Nine: Leadership

Becoming an Intentional Planner

  • Lesson One: Organization
  • Lesson Two: Scheduling
  • Lesson Three: Flexibility
  • Lesson Four: Confidence
  • Lesson Five: Goal Setting
  • Lesson Six: SWOT Analysis
  • Lesson Seven: Decision-making
  • Lesson Eight: Course of Action
  • Lesson Nine: Communication

Transitioning with Confidence

  • Lesson One: Networking
  • Lesson Two: Mentorship
  • Lesson Three: Personality Tests
  • Lesson Four: Internships and Externships
  • Lesson Five: Scholarships
  • Lesson Six: Money Management
  • Lesson Seven: Healthy Habits
  • Lesson Eight: Graduation Anxiety
  • Lesson Nine: Taking Action

Dispelling Entitlement

  • Lesson One: Common Courtesy
  • Lesson Two: Earning Your Way
  • Lesson Three: Personal Expectations
  • Lesson Four: Winning or Losing Gracefully
  • Lesson Five: Character
  • Lesson Six: Forgiveness
  • Lesson Seven: Behavior
  • Lesson Eight: Forming Habits
  • Lesson Nine: Admitting Mistakes

Computer & Digital LIteracy

  • Lesson One: Technology Tools
  • Lesson Two: Financial Literacy
  • Lesson Three: Business Software
  • Lesson Four: Database Management
  • Lesson Five: Accounting Systems
  • Lesson Six: Inventory
  • Lesson Seven: Presentations/Multimedia
  • Lesson Eight: Web Design
  • Lesson Nine: Content Management Systems

Through role-playing, mock interviews, interactive videos, and engaging activities, the curriculum captures students’ interest and invokes eagerness to acquire skills for steady, long-lasting results. Regardless of the career field or cluster, Peak Performance U – 9 Essential Skills for the Workplace speaks to critical skills that business and industry have identified as vital for workplace advancement. Thank you to the Arkansas Department of Career Education for providing financial support for this project.