The Importance of Certificates
“At a time when millions of Americans face unemployment, manufacturing jobs with excellent salaries—and across all skill levels and sectors—are unfilled because of the lack of qualified applicants. These tough economic times call for clear pathways to skills in demand to help new and transitioning workers prepare for good jobs. The National Career Readiness Certificate is an ideal tool for ensuring that individuals have the essential skills they need for the workplace today.”
John Engler, President
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
As an LCCC student who has enrolled in TECN 111 – Technical Problem Solving, you have been selected to participate in a pilot project to earn a National Career Readiness credential at very little cost to you (the cost of taking the tests is included in the course lab fee). The retail value of this credential is $75 to $100.
You will have the opportunity to take WorkKeys® assessments (tests) to validate your skills and demonstrate your value to employers who may hire you. It also provides LCCC the opportunity to confirm that our students are being prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the workplace.
The purpose of the certificates is to help employers, particularly manufacturers, secure a highly skilled workforce, with nationally recognized credentials, to address their current and future needs.
What is National Career Readiness Certificate and how do I earn this credential?
The National Career Readiness Certificate verifies to employers anywhere in the U.S. that an individual has essential core academic and employability skills. It is not intended to replace any existing degrees or certifications; instead, it is intended to supplement them and validate that an individual has the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.
Throughout the state of Ohio, there are employers who are learning about the WorkKeys and are beginning to ask for WorkKeys scores as part of the application process. In some of our surrounding states, individuals are presenting their WorkKeys certificates as part of application process for jobs not only in manufacturing but also in other areas as well. This project gives you an opportunity to acquire a WorkKeys certificate and to possibly identify some areas where you might want to brush up before applying for a job.
Why is WorkKeys® important to college students?
WorkKeys provides important information no matter what type of skilled or professional career a student plans to pursue after high school. Studies show that occupations requiring higher skills in math, locating information, and reading pay higher entry-level salaries. In fact, skill levels show a stronger correlation to pay than education levels do. By increasing skill levels while still in school, students increase their opportunities for higher salaries in the future. Large numbers of students are entering the workforce without enough skills to qualify them for the jobs they want. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 1.5 million students leave high school each year inadequately trained for even entry-level jobs. Because WorkKeys measures skills valued by employers, students can use their results to get a better picture of their chances for success in the workforce and to improve areas where their skills are weak. Schools can use the information—along with input from employers—to ensure that their courses of study provide adequate work skills training to meet the needs of businesses.
What are the different levels and what do they mean?
Bronze: The recipient has scored at least a Level 3 on each of the three assessments and possesses skills for 35 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.
Silver: The recipient has scored at least a Level 4 on each of the three assessments and possesses skills for 65 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.
Gold: The recipient has scored at least a Level 5 on each of the three assessments and possesses skills for 90 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.
Platinum: The recipient has scored at least a Level 6 on each of the three assessments and possesses skills for 99 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.
Assessment Preparation Information Links
- Applied Mathematics – Description of this portion of the test plus practice questions for each level.
- Locating Information – Description of this portion of the test plus practice questions for each level.
- Reading for Information – Description of this portion of the test plus practice questions for each level.
Each assessment will take up to 55 minutes. Please plan approximately three hours to complete all the assessments.
Assessments will be administered:
LCCC Testing and Assessment Center
College Center Building, Room CC 233
What You Need To Bring With You
- Photo ID (student ID, driver’s license, work ID, etc.). It must include a photo and your name.
- Basic four-function calculator for Applied Mathematics test
- Scientific and cell phone calculators are prohibited by WorkKeys
- Applied Mathematics Formula Sheet
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-366-7688