CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATION KICKS
OFF AT HCC
|Halifax Community College's Continuing
Education Department hosted a Career Readiness Certification
Kickoff, Sept. 24 in The Centre. Pictured are, from left,
Marshall Cherry, Continuing Education & Community Services
Dean Vera Palmer, Pamela Gobel, Vice President of
Instructional Services Dr. Joy Cooley, Ellen Grant, Willa
Dickens and Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.
Halifax Community College's (HCC) Continuing Education
Department hosted a Career Readiness Certification (CRC) Kickoff, Sept.
24 in The Centre. Pamela Gobel, director of the CRC for the North
Carolina Community College System, was the guest speaker.
The CRC program is an assessment-based credential that gives employers
and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills. With more
than 80 percent of all jobs projected to require skills beyond those
earned in high school by 2010, the program is designed to meet the needs
of both employers and job seekers in a transitioning economy. The
certificate is portable, is recognized nationwide and complements other
credentials, giving job seekers an advantage in the interview process.
According to Gobel, through WorkKeys, a job skills assessment system,
and the CRC, a stronger workforce can be developed by bridging the
skills gap and providing economic development tools that show the
strength of the workforce. Currently, 41 of the state's 58 community
colleges are CRC sites, with HCC being one of them. In January, five
more will become official sites. “This program cuts across all
populations and all occupations,” said Gobel.
Basic skills assessment occurs in the areas of reading, math and
locating information. Additional assessments are available. In just
these three areas, a person can prove that he or she has skills for
about 90% of jobs. The assessment provides three levels of
certification: gold, silver and bronze.
Potential employers can visit the CRC Web site and search a database to
find employee matches. “The CRC builds partnerships between economic
development, employment and education,” Gobel said.
Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development Willa Dickens said
that the whole system was about jobs. “CRC is a fantastic tool,” said
Dickens, who added that it is the number one tool for workforce
development. Highlighting employment areas in nuclear energy,
nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, logistics, healthcare
and biotechnology, Dickens emphasized that the workforce needs to
prepare for jobs in a variety of industries.
Vice President of Member Services and Marketing with Roanoke Electric
Cooperative Marshall Cherry praised the CRC program and discussed an
existing partnership between HCC and the Achieving Career Excellence
(ACE) project. ACE seeks to create a workforce that is prepared and
develops networks for women, employers and partners.
“We have had such a great partnership with the business and industry
partners in the Roanoke Valley and the implementation of the CRC
certificate will provide another opportunity for continuous improvement
of the workforce development and training programs available to both
potential employees and employers,” said HCC President, Dr. Ervin V.
Griffin, Sr. “I applaud the staff for their innovative and forward
thinking approach to work to providing the latest programs and services
in the area of workforce and economic development.”
Cost for the CRC class is based on eligibility requirements. Due to
grant funding, the reading, math and locating information tests, which
would normally cost $30, are free. Additional tests cost a nominal fee.
Tests and classes are available online or onsite.
For more information about CRC, visit
www.crcnc.org, or call CRC Coordinator Ellen Grant at (252) 536-6393
or e-mail email@example.com.