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Halifax Community College, Halifax Regional Medical Center team up to offer CRC program to nursing assistants


Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., recently recognized more than 50 certified nursing assistants for their success in completing a job skills assessment. Testing was coordinated by Debbie Sanders, director of education at Halifax Regional and administered by Larry Crisafulli, business and industry coordinator at Halifax Community College (HCC).


The nursing assistants earned the honor through the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) program, which is a nationally-recognized credential. Participants passed a rigorous test covering math, reading and locating information during a four-hour examination process.


Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., president of Halifax Community College, spoke during the ceremony.


“Collaboration is the key to our future success in all of the educational and economic development ventures in Halifax County. Providing educational opportunities for new and incumbent workers is economic development in action,” said Griffin.


Carisa Rudd, business services coordinator with Turning Point Workforce Development Board, was recognized during the event for her work with those involved in the project. Turning Point is responsible for developing policies and overseeing local workforce development initiatives in partnership with local elected officials. The CRC program has been a partner with Turning Point, which coordinated a grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce for the program.


“Halifax Regional is proud of these employees who have proven their job skills,” said Will Mahone, president of the medical center. “The nursing assistants have gone above and beyond to enhance their service to patients.”


“Nursing assistants are vital to the recovery of patients,” said Karen Daniels, vice president of nursing. “They provide direct care to them.”

HCC’s Continuing Education Division offers the CRC program as an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.

ACT WorkKeys®, a nationally-recognized job skills assessment system is the administrator of the CRC program in the United States.  ACT recognizes that a stronger workforce can be developed by bridging the skills gap and providing economic development tools that show the strength of the workforce.


For employers, CRC assesses job skills via ACT WorkKeys, simplifies hiring by streamlining the application process, matching the right person with the job. For individuals, CRC increases a person’s chances for employment and promotion, focusing on employment-related competencies needed in a job.


HCC provides training that is self-paced and is offered via the Internet as well as one-on-one support on campus to help one obtain certification. When a person meets the requirements, he or she will receive a state certificate signed by the governor and a National Career Readiness Certificate. 


"I believe the CRC is going to make a huge difference in the lives of people in the Roanoke Valley. The community benefits by being able to show skills in its workforce to attract or retain businesses. More skills equal more possible jobs and better skills equate to better possible jobs. This credential is recognized by employers across the state and nation. It's going to change lives," said Crisafulli.


The CRC will also be used as part of HCC’s curriculum programs for future graduates. When this occurs, HCC will be only the second community college in the state to combine CRC and curriculum requirements in an effort to help graduates obtain employment.


The CRC is available at no cost to those who qualify as underemployed and unemployed. For more information about CRC, visit www.crcnc.org, or call Larry Crisafulli at (252) 538-4339 or e-mail crc@halifaxcc.net. 

Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., standing far right, addressed certified nursing assistants at Halifax Regional Medical Center. Also pictured standing from left: Karen Daniels and Debbie Sanders.

Pictured above are Halifax Community College representatives from left, Larry Crisafulli, Ellen Grant, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., and Carisa Rudd with Turning Point Workforce Development Board.