Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges

Author Bio(s)

Dr. Melissa Stange has served as a faculty member in Virginia and West Virginia since 2004 and is currently the Lead Professor for the Computer Science program. She enjoys teaching transfer-oriented as well as career and technical education courses in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Information Technology. She is currently serving as the Virginia Community College System's Technology Peer Group lead, a member of the ACM CCECC committee, and serves on the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee for Frederick County Virginia Public Schools. She is also an ABET Program Evaluator for CAC Cybersecurity programs. Melissa earned her Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Science from Walden University with a dissertation topic of "A Limited Assessment of the Curricula of Selected Information System Technology Associate Degree Programs", M.B.A. degree in Business Administration from Averett University, M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University, B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Shenandoah University, and an A.A.S. degree in Data Processing from Chattahoochee Valley Community College. Melissa's research interests include game-theory, HCI, AI, and curriculum development for learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.


This paper will discuss why technical skills alone will not be enough for students to have successful careers in the digital age. Much of their success will hinge on critical soft skills, such as adaptability, inner strength, holistic thinking, and a collaborative spirit. Examples will be provided for inclusion with a computer science program, but in a way that is easily adaptable to other disciplines.



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