Peak Performance U

9 Essential Skills for the Workplace- Paul Vitale

Online platform to address soft skills that align with business & industry expectations for those students striving to attain post-secondary education or to enter the workforce directly.

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.

Structuring a Sturdy Work Ethic

Achieving through Collaboration

Respecting Human Dignity

Becoming an Intentional Planner

Strengthening Connectivity

Transitioning with Confidence

Understanding Business Etiquette

Dispelling Entitlement

Computer & Digital Literacy

Warren 1/16/2020

Today’s Peak Performance U assembly at Warren High School was spot on! It was obvious that the video lessons that are an integral part of the curriculum really resonated with the 8th – 12th graders in attendance, and I could see the students’ appreciation for learning workforce strategies through a medium they readily embrace. One particular high point was observing the students’ response when one of their own was called up front to assist me in a group activity. Their focus and enthusiasm in helping him to succeed as the leader was remarkable. Thanks to the faculty, staff, and students for your participation and hospitality. I hope to return to Warren many times in the years to come!

Fordyce 1/15/2020

A school rich in history, in 1930 Fordyce High School was undefeated and won an Arkansas football championship. An assistant coach from Alabama came to Fordyce the next year to scout two other players and ended up signing Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant to a scholarship for the University of Alabama. This morning, Paul had the opportunity to visit the noteworthy campus and work with the faculty and students of Fordyce High. Attendance and timeliness, using proper grammar and punctuation, extending respect and having humility, and understanding the significance of preparedness were all discussed during Paul’s “Peak Performance U” presentation. “The students of Fordyce were outstanding!” stated Paul. “I could not have asked for a better group of 7th through 12th graders. Many thanks to Principal McCollum and his staff for their preparation and hospitality. I look forward to hearing the students’ stories of success!”

Dumas 12/3/19

For never having had the opportunity to speak in Dumas before, the 10th – 12th graders at Dumas High School today sure gave me a fantastic welcome. I am confident that the content we covered during our Peak Performance U assembly served those in attendance well. I was most impressed with the many in-depth and relevant questions I received at the conclusion of my presentation and look forward to another lively Q&A sometime in the future. Thank you once again to Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative for your support of PPU!

Dermott 11/13/19

It was another enjoyable day sharing specifics about Peak Performance U! Thank you to ALL of the outstanding students and educators at both Dermott High School and Drew Central High School for allowing me to present today. It was a privilege for me to visit your schools and you don't know how much I appreciate the common courtesy that you extended to me. Keep up the great work and finish 2019 at full speed!

Drew Central 11/13/19

It was another enjoyable day sharing specifics about Peak Performance U! Thank you to ALL of the outstanding students and educators at both Dermott High School and Drew Central High School for allowing me to present today. It was a privilege for me to visit your schools and you don't know how much I appreciate the common courtesy that you extended to me. Keep up the great work and finish 2019 at full speed!

Strong-Huttig 11/6/19

Today’s Peak Performance U sessions with the students of Strong-Huttig School District were not only enlightening for the students, they were inspiring for me! The seventh- to ninth-graders in the first session were attentive and engaged throughout my presentation. In the second session, the tenth- to twelfth-graders were not only engrossed in the message, they asked questions that were spot on while inquiring what skills are imperative to gain their points of difference in the work force. The outstanding students of Strong-Huttig School District demonstrated that they are hungry to learn the necessary skills for job placement and strength in the future. I look forward to hearing their success stories!

Kimberly Thomas, Superintendent; Allison Ray, CTE Coordinator; Paul Vitale, PPU

RISON (Cleveland Co.) 11/29/18

LAKESIDE 11/30/18

HERMITAGE 11/15/18

Woodlawn 11/13/18

McGehee 11/7/18

Star City 10/19/18

DeWitt 10/18/18

Monticello 10/15/18

Hamburg 12/6/17

Student Assembly

Student Assembly

Student Assembly

Teacher Training


Teacher Training


Tim Outlaw, Paul Vitale, Tracy Streeter, Melissa Prince, Allison Kelley, and Campbell Wilkerson

Crossett 9/12/17

Teacher Training: Allison Kelley, Alicia Brown, Paul Vitale, Brandy Thomas, Janla Gardner, Sammy Cox, and Barbara Garner

Student Assembly