Virginia's Career Readiness Certificate Virginia's Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.
What is DCE?
Virginia Department of Correctional Education
Provides educational services to incarcerated individuals across the state
The Career Readiness Certificate program was part of Governor Mark Warner's Education for a Lifetime initiative and continues under Governor Kaine. Oversight of the CRC is the responsibility of the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC); administration of the CRC is handled by the Virginia Community College System .
The Career Readiness Certificate is a portable skills credential, assuring employers that a job applicant actually has the basic skills they seek.
Virginia's Career Readiness Certificate helps employers by certifying that a recipient possesses core skills in applied math, reading for information, and locating information — skills that are required by at least 85% of all jobs profiled by ACT Workkeys in the country.
Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate 3 Levels Bronze core employability skills for approximately 30% of available jobs Silver approximately 65% Gold approximately 85%.
Upon release, individuals who carry with them a Career Readiness Certificate will have a credential that provides meaningful evidence of their job skills and promotes their employability in a competitive market. w Why the CRC FOR DCE?
By testing individuals who are enrolled in Career and Technical programs in a fourth area, Applied Technology , DCE students will have additional support to “level the playing field” when competing for employment upon release
Southside Virginia Community College
provide assessment materials
provide access to state CRC database
provide trained assessors to administer the 3 CRC assessments
provide test/test administration security
Enrolled or previously enrolled in a DCE academic, vocational, transition or cognitive program, or a tutor Educational functioning level of 8 th grade or better in both reading and math based on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Scheduled for release within 1 year or less SELECTION CRITERIA
Over 5,200 Virginia workers have earned their CRCs in the last three years DCE has added over 1000 to that figure within the past year!
http://www.crc.virginia.gov/skillsbank/ ZIP CODE DATES CITIES LWIAs PDCs REGIONS COMMUNITY COLLEGE SERVICE REGIONS CERTIFICATES (LEVELS) SCORES
Usually 5 90-minute classes per week.
Certified DCE instructor plus 1 qualified offender tutor for each pair of students.
Schedule may vary according to institutional needs.
DCE program varies with type of institution
Detention and Diversion Centers
20 week programs
Day Reporting Programs
Implementation TRAINED ASSESSORS DEVELOPED & DISSEMINATED -- ● POLICY/GUIDELINES FOR TEST ADMINISTRATION ● MONITORING AND REPORTING PROTOCOLS & FORMS SCHEDULED & CONDUCTED BLITZ TESTING (Central Office Assessors)
RESULTS From 12/01/05 thru 11/30/06 1 st year of the program- Total Assessed: 1061 Bronze 308 Silver 613 Gold 156