NATIONAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE
ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a
portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a
certain le...
Individuals can earn the NCRC by taking
three WorkKeys® assessments:
1. Applied Mathematics
2. Locating Information
3. Rea...
Combining measures of cognitive skills with measures of work
related behaviors—or soft skills—brings even greater accuracy...
The WorkKeys Talent Assessment measures these facets of personality:
Carefulness—tendency to think and plan carefully befo...
ACT has tracked the skill needs of the American workforce for
more than 20 years while compiling the world’s most
extensiv...
• Program designed to prepare graduates for the workplace
• Integrated into each field of study offered at BSC
• 2 in 1 pr...
ePortfolio
Assessments
NCRC Certs
Internship
Recommendations
SOSC225
Applied Math
Locating information
Reading for informa...
National Career Readiness Certification
• Team Work
• Tolerance ; Communication; Attitude
• Customer Service Orientation
•...
• Students take
the WorkKeys
Personality
Assessment
• Integrate results
within course
• Instructors
create
assignments
app...
National Career Readiness Certification Criteria
National Career Readiness Certification Criteria ACT Assessment Instrumen...
Employability Program Process
Segment 1 –
Students will:
Segment 2
Students will:
Complete a workplace
readiness evaluatio...
Sample Questions
Sample NCRC Talent and WorkKeys Assessment Questions
Talent Assessment
Level 3 Sample:
In your job as a cashier, a customer gives you a $20 bill to pay for a can of coffee that costs $3.84. How...
For more samples, click here:
http://act.org/workkeys/assess/
Results
Results
• Certificates are mailed to students
• Students retain certificates
National Career Readiness Certification: An Overview
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National Career Readiness Certification: An Overview

  1. 1. NATIONAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE
  2. 2. ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information, and Reading for Information. In the future, ACT Career Credentials powered by ACT WorkKeys is an expanding program that will offer certifications in other areas. What is NCRC – National Career Readiness Certificate
  3. 3. Individuals can earn the NCRC by taking three WorkKeys® assessments: 1. Applied Mathematics 2. Locating Information 3. Reading for Information WorkKeys assessments measure "real world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world. **ACT WorkKeys for Healthcare includes contextualized ACT WorkKeys assessments with questions using language specific to the healthcare industry. WorkKeys Assessment
  4. 4. Combining measures of cognitive skills with measures of work related behaviors—or soft skills—brings even greater accuracy to predictions about an individual's success at work or in training. In addition to the cognitive skills listed above, the NCRC Plus ranks individuals in the following soft skills categories: • Work Discipline: Productivity and dependability • Teamwork: Tolerance, communication, and attitude • Customer Service Orientation: Interpersonal skills and perseverance • Managerial Potential: Persuasion, enthusiasm, and problem solving NCRC offers the efficient matching of talent with work—which helps people find great jobs, companies find skilled workers, and our nation's economy grow and prosper. Launched in 2006, today more than 1.7 million certificates have been issued and more than 40 states have statewide or regional certificate programs. Benefit of NCRC Certification
  5. 5. The WorkKeys Talent Assessment measures these facets of personality: Carefulness—tendency to think and plan carefully before acting or speaking. Cooperation—tendency to be likable and cordial in interpersonal situations. Creativity—tendency to be imaginative and to think "outside the box." Discipline—tendency to be responsible, dependable, and follow through with tasks without becoming distracted or bored. Goodwill—tendency to be forgiving and to believe that others are well intentioned. Influence—tendency to impact and dominate social situations by speaking without hesitation and often becoming a group leader. Optimism—tendency toward having a positive outlook and confidence in successful outcomes. Order—tendency to be neat and well organized. Savvy—tendency to read other people's motives, understand office politics, and anticipate the needs and intentions of others. Sociability—tendency to enjoy being in other people's company and to work with others. Stability—tendency to maintain composure and rationality in situations of actual or perceived stress. Striving—tendency to have high aspiration levels and to work hard to achieve goals. Soft Skills Talent Assessment
  6. 6. ACT has tracked the skill needs of the American workforce for more than 20 years while compiling the world’s most extensive job skills database. ACT is reporting these data to help redefine crucial skill sets, map out how American businesses can succeed, and help employees stay competitive in a global job market. Why Choose a 3rd Party Vendor
  7. 7. • Program designed to prepare graduates for the workplace • Integrated into each field of study offered at BSC • 2 in 1 program – degree plan and Employability Program • Based on needs of employment community Why Incorporate into Employability Program?
  8. 8. ePortfolio Assessments NCRC Certs Internship Recommendations SOSC225 Applied Math Locating information Reading for information Talent Assessment Again SOSC105 Talent Assessment *Identify Strengths and skill development needs Internship Assessment results used in class When Will the Assessments Occur?
  9. 9. National Career Readiness Certification • Team Work • Tolerance ; Communication; Attitude • Customer Service Orientation • Interpersonal Skills and Perseverance • Managerial Potential • Enthusiasm; Problem Solving; Persuasion • Work Discipline • Productivity and Dependability NCRC Emphasis
  10. 10. • Students take the WorkKeys Personality Assessment • Integrate results within course • Instructors create assignments applicable to results Students can earn the NCRC by taking three WorkKeys ® assessments: 1. Applied Mathematics 2. Locating Information 3. Reading for Information • Students integrate results of three WorkKeys assessment in instructor designed assessment • Integration of results in ePortfolio SOSC225 InternshipSOSC105 Coursework
  11. 11. National Career Readiness Certification Criteria National Career Readiness Certification Criteria ACT Assessment Instrument Key Capabilities  Literacy; -information, -technology, -financial NCRC 1. Locating information 2. Reading for information Team Work  Tolerance  Communication  Attitude NCRC Plus and Talent Assessment Customer Service Orientation  Interpersonal Skills  Perseverance NCRC Plus and Talent Assessment Managerial Potential  Enthusiasm  Problem Solving  Persuasion NCRC Plus and Talent Assessment NCRC 1. Applied Mathematics Work Discipline  Productivity  Dependability NCRC Plus and Talent Assessment
  12. 12. Employability Program Process Segment 1 – Students will: Segment 2 Students will: Complete a workplace readiness evaluation and build a development plan based upon opportunities revealed through the evaluation instrument Consider critical thinking and problem solving Identify and evaluate information and convert the findings into written and verbal communication Use and apply mathematical reasoning to draw conclusions and make decisions Begin to develop their portfolio and investigate the many skills features career support options available through the electronic portfolio Explore the job search process and continue to build the components of the portfolio with specific attention to accumulating evidence of knowledge, skills and abilities Learn how to manage student loans while in school Establish professional and financial goals Consider the connection between elements of Segment 1, how they related to each other and link to the degree plan and chosen profession Consider and articulate the connections between elements of Segment 2, how they relate to each other and Segment 1, and how they link to the degree plan and chosen profession; affirm continued soft skill development Segment 3 Students will: Segment 4 Students will: Focus on interpersonal skills including perseverance, tolerance, communication and attitude Focus on dependability and productivity in the workplace Develop strategies for self- efficacy Consider their role in a professional environment from an ethical, environmental and global perspective Customizing their portfolio to prepare for an internship opportunity or capstone experience with specific attention to articulating workplace readiness Participate in mock interview and assess readiness to enter the workplace environment as related to the internship or capstone experience Explore financial saving goals and opportunities and personal finance planning Earn a career readiness rating through a nationally normed evaluation Articulate the connections between elements of Segment 3, how they relate to each other and Segment 1 and 2, and how they link to the career search process and chosen profession; continue to affirm continued soft skill development Articulate the connections between elements of Segment 4, how they relate to each other and Segment 1,2, and 3 relative to growth and development and linkages to the career search process and chosen profession; fully affirm soft skill development as related to career readiness and life-long learning
  13. 13. Sample Questions Sample NCRC Talent and WorkKeys Assessment Questions
  14. 14. Talent Assessment
  15. 15. Level 3 Sample: In your job as a cashier, a customer gives you a $20 bill to pay for a can of coffee that costs $3.84. How much change should you give back? 1. $15.26 2. $16.16 3. $16.26 4. $16.84 5. $17.16 Why this is a Level 3 item: • Examinees must perform a single subtraction operation. • Numbers are presented in the logical order ($20 – $3.84). • Number of dollars must be converted to a decimal (dollars and cents: $20.00). Level 4 Sample: Over the last 5 days, you made the following numbers of sales calls: 8, 7, 9, 5, and 7. On the average, how many calls did you make each day? 1. 5.8 2. 7.0 3. 7.2 4. 9.0 5. 36.0 Why this is a Level 4 item: • There is more than one step of logic and calculation. • Examinees must divide using positive numbers. • Examinees must figure out averages. Applied Mathematics – Levels 3-7
  16. 16. For more samples, click here: http://act.org/workkeys/assess/
  17. 17. Results
  18. 18. Results • Certificates are mailed to students • Students retain certificates

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