Halifax Community College, Halifax
Regional Medical Center team up to offer CRC program to
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
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
“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,"
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
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
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.