8 of the top 10 skills for 2025 are personal and workplace competencies, also called soft skills. Although educators and employers recognize these skills are critical to college success and work readiness, we lack a strategic way to build and measure them. Employers hire for hard skills, but fire for soft skills, so even if schools prepare students technically and academically, our nation’s graduates are not fully future ready.
JAKAPA measures what matters. We are the GPA for soft skills. Our assessment system provides the critical measurements and support you need to develop shared language and approaches to ensure your students and employees have what it takes to be successful. Our system measures up to 32 critical personal and workplace competencies, and we customize our assessments, so they are aligned to your values and needs.
JAKAPA develops self-awareness of critical skills so students understand what they are and what they look like in practice.
JAKAPA allows individuals to see how they are perceived by their team and underscores the importance of the team process.
JAKAPA reports provide comparative and growth data to inform goal setting and our resources help students set goals and gain skills.
After a career in the US Navy working on a nuclear sub, our founder returned to college and was surprised by the lack of soft skills in his college peers. Working together as a team, communicating, problem solving and a host of other soft skills were essential to safe operation of the submarine. Gavin was stationed off the coast of New Zealand and KAPA means team in Maori, the language of New Zealand’s indiginous people. JA means yes in many languages
" This product is exactly what the professor needs to help teams understand the importance of initiative and cohesiveness.
-Renee A. Clay
Director for Career Services and Student Programs
Jakapa helps you prepare your students for the real world by developing a strengths and weaknessess profile based on group project performance
" This could transform the student understanding of the value of academic team projects, and I look forward to watching this develop
-Dr. Steven Austin Stovall
Assistant Professor Southeast MIssouri University