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WorkKeys assessments at SVHEC can help you take next step

SoVaNow.com / January 13, 2014
Are you unemployed or underemployed, a dislocated worker, receiving public assistance (SNAP, TANF etc.), or employed and looking to increase your “work readiness” skills? Then you should consider taking the ACT WorkKeys assessments. The assessments are used to help you earn the Career Readiness Certificate and show employers your capabilities. Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) has been administering ACT WorkKeys Assessments for nearly 20 years and recognizes the value these certifications provide individuals and employers.

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Workforce Services Department and SVCC have scheduled several assessment sessions to be held at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in January. In just three hours you can earn a nationally recognized work readiness credential to share with employers. To find out more and to sign up for one of the upcoming assessment sessions please refer to the contact information below.

In addition to promoting career readiness for individuals, many employers in Southern Virginia support regional Southern Virginia Certified Work Ready Community initiative. Completion of the three ACT WorkKeys career readiness assessments-reading comprehension, applied math, and locating information, is the focus of this initiative and the SVHEC’s desire to earn the designation as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC).

Employers want to be able to measure the core foundational work-related skills of their current and potential employees. The ACT WorkKeys assessments help to address this employer need. In fact, the Virginia Manufacturers Association recognizes the Career Readiness Certificate as part of the Manufacturing Technician career pathway. Individuals obtaining a Career Readiness Certificate can then pursue the Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification. These stackable credentials make individuals more employable or prepared for career advancement.

ACT WorkKeys career readiness assessments are standardized tests that measure workplace-related skills. Employers can use one or more of the tests as a way to screen job applicants or to decide who to promote. You can also benefit from taking the tests to discover your areas of strength or by using your test scores as a way to showcase your abilities to potential employers. Assessment scores result in certification at bronze, silver, or gold Career Readiness Certificate level. Earning a certificate can lead to participation in the Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp or other work ready training programs.

The ACT WorkKeys assessments will be held at SVHEC second floor, Earp computer lab.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1-5 p.m.

If you are interested in taking the ACT WorkKeys career readiness assessments or want more information please contact: Deloris Jones, Project Coordinator for Workforce .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Jones can be contacted at 434-572-5593 or send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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