Halifax Community College Continuing Education receives
Halifax Community Collegeís (HCC)
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
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
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
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