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WorkKeys assessments, NCRC available to high school students

The Departments of Education and Labor and Regulation are inviting juniors and seniors at South Dakota high schools to participate in the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) program during the 2012-13 school year.

The NCRC is an industry-recognized, portable credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. To earn certification, students must attain at least the lowest certification level on three ACT® WorkKeys assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.

The 2012 Legislature provided funding for this effort as part of Governor Daugaard’s South Dakota Wins (workforce initiatives). The state Department of Labor and Regulation will offer 2,000 assessments ($150 value each) on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge.

DLR staff will assess the students on-site at your school. You will need to supply the space and one computer per student, as this is an Internet-based system. Students are allowed 55 minutes to complete each of the assessments. The number of students assessed is up to the school, working within the limit of 2,000 assessments statewide. The assessments are a great way to support existing class curriculum, or could be used to verify their real-world workplace skills.

The NCRC demonstrates that students are ready for the workplace, as they enter the workforce immediately after graduation or pursue further postsecondary education.

If your school is interested in being a part of this initiative, please complete and submit this simple, one-page form by July 1.

Click here to read a news release on a pilot project completed at TF Riggs High School in Pierre. This release provides background information on how the NCRC was implemented in one school.