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Halifax Community College Continuing Education receives $20,000 grant

Halifax Community Collegeís (HCC) Continuing Education Division has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Turning Point Workforce Development Board that makes it possible to offer the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) at no cost to the public for those who qualify. The CRC program is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.

The grant provides 310 scholarships to individuals to take the CRC assessments and funds are available for skills upgrade training for careers in allied health services and advanced manufacturing.  Eligible persons include dislocated workers, high school students, and community college students who would like to pursue a career in target career areas. Job profiles will be conducted in employer organizations that provide career opportunities in allied health services and advanced manufacturing. 

For employers, CRC assesses job skills, simplifying hiring by streamlining the application process, matching the right person with the job. This program increases the skill levels, reduces training time and has reduced turnover of existing employees. The CRC certifies to the employer that a person possesses basic workplace skills in reading for information, applied math and locating information Ė skills that 85% of jobs require. Employers may use the CRC for screening, training and as an advancement tool.

For individuals, CRC increases a personís chances for employment and promotion, focusing on employment-related competencies needed in a job. The areas of reading, math and locating information are employment-related competencies of the CRC program. CRC training is self-paced and is offered by an instructor on campus or by an Internet connection found in homes, libraries or on campus.

There are three levels of certification: bronze, silver, and gold. A person can obtain one level and then progress to another level of certification. Bronze-level certification recognizes 30%, silver 60% and gold 95% of skills needed to function in the 18,000 jobs that have been profiled in the United States. When a person meets the requirements, he or she will receive a North Carolina and National Career Readiness Certificate.  The North Carolina CRC certificate is signed by the governor.

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 CRC complements other credentials and gives job seekers and employees an advantage for career opportunities.

For more information about CRC, call the Halifax Community College Continuing Education Divisionís Larry Crisafulli at (252) 538-4339 or e-mail crc@halifaxcc.net