Do You Know If Your Students Are Career Ready?

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A presentation made at the Career & Technical Association of Texas Conference, July 2009

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  • 1. Do You Know If Your Students Are Career Ready?
  • 2. Changes in Workforce Skills Needs Across 50 Years
    Unskilled
    12%
    Skilled
    20%
    Professional
    20%
    Unskilled
    60%
    Professional
    20%
    Skilled
    68%
    1955
    2005
  • 3. Many Middle-Skilled Jobs Pay as well as Jobs Requiring a Bachelor’s Degree
  • 4. Training for College or Workplace?
    The needs of college and workplace-bound students are merging:
    “Whether planning to enter college or workforce training programs after graduation, high school students need to be educated to a comparable level of readiness in reading and mathematics.”
    - ACT, Inc.
    Ready for College and Ready
    for Work: Same or Different?
  • 5. How to Measure Readiness for a Skilled Workforce or College?
    We need:
    A common language – what are the skills required?
    “We need to ask employers what are the math skills required for the job.”
    Foundational skills – complement job-specific skills
    “69% of applicants are rejected at hire because they lack basic skills, 32% because they lack reading and math skills”
    Applied skills – apply the knowledge
    “Students exiting our educational system have knowledge. But their demonstrated inability to apply that knowledge implies that they don’t understand what they know.”
    Jo Kister, Ph.D.
    Workforce Development Consultant
  • 6. The National Career Readiness Certificate Addresses These Needs:
    Certifies the common workplace skills and trainability of students and job seekers
    Is a nationally-recognized, portable credential
    Is recognized by both education and business
    Provides a common measurement between individuals and specific jobs
    Has been adopted by over 20 states and growing
    http://www.act.org/certificate
  • 7. 2
    Skill Assessments:
    Measures an individual’s
    skill level
    Job Profiling:
    Determines the level of skill necessary to
    learn a job
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    3
    Education / Training:
    Efficiently closes
    skill gaps
    Based upon the WorkKeys® Job Skills System
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  • 13. NCRC Provides Information on Skills
  • 14.
  • 15. Benefits of the NCRC?
    Portable credential for basic workplace skills
    Business: Easy way to measure skills
    Individuals: Easy way to demonstrate skills
    Economic Development: Document the quality of workforce
    Education, Workforce Development, Training Organizations, and Business: Speak a common language
  • 16.
  • 17. Frenship High School Implementation
    Visited with 284 CTE seniors about the NCRC
    157 CTE seniors took all three tests
    113 CTE seniors received the NCRC
    18 Gold
    64 Silver
    31 Bronze
    These seniors received this certification at our Annual CTE Banquet
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  • 20. Market Leaders for WorkKeys Curricula
    North Carolina – 41 of 52 Community Colleges
    Arkansas – State License – all Community Colleges & Workforce
    Indiana – State License (over 750 Sites) WIA, Colleges, Corrections
    Oklahoma – State License - CTE Centers and One Stops
    Ohio – State License Dept. of Admin Services, ABE recommendation
    Louisiana – 47 of 49 Technical and Community Colleges
    Virginia – 21 of 23 Community Colleges
    West Virginia – State License - Adult Education and One Stops
    Tennessee – State License - Technology Centers
    Illinois – Chicago Public Schools over 350 High Schools
    Kentucky – State License - KCTCS
    North Dakota – Statewide License - One Stops
    Georgia – Over 140 (1/3) High Schools, ½ Colleges, ½ WIA
    Oregon– State License - Teacher/ParaPro
    Hawaii – State License - Community Colleges
    New Mexico – Statewide License - Corrections
    Colorado – State License - One Stops, Statewide- Corrections
    Connecticut - State License – One Stops
    Mississippi – Statewide License – Community Colleges
  • 21. WorkKeys & KeyTrain Business Users
    Advanced Glassfibers, Inc.
    Arch Chemicals
    AVX
    Board of Light
    Bowater
    Bridgestone Firestone
    BWX Technologies
    Campbell Soup
    CAPT (Honda Supplier)
    Chrysler
    Coors Brewing Co.
    Dixie Group
    Dow Chemical
    DuPont
    E J Gallo
    Eastman Chemical
    Eaton Corporation
    Energizer
    Farley Nuclear
    Federal Mogul
    Founder's Furniture, div. of Thomasville
    Georgia Power
    GM
    GoodYear
    Holnam Cement
    Inova Health Systems
    Kimberly Clark
    Leiner Health Products
    M & M Mars
    Mail America
    Mueller
    Neptune Technology
    Newton Instruments
    Northrop Grumman
    Olin Chemical
    Owens Corning
    Parker Hannifan Corporation
    Pass & Seymour
    Perry Foam Products
    PGT Industries
    Polyply
    Protein Technologies
    Rexam Pharma
    S & W Manufacturing
    Seaman
    Siemens
    Soffix
    Solo Cups
    Southern Company
    Stanley Furniture
    Steelscape
    Temple Inland
    Thomasville Furniture
    Tyco
    Unilever
    Vermeer Manufacturing
    Watson
    Westinghouse
    WIX-Dana
    Wrangler
    Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • 22. KeyTrain Unique Features
    Instructional Design
    Natural Voice Sound Track
    Contextualized Feedback
    Staff Experience
    More than 120 years combined WorkKeys experience
    Previous ACT executives, some of the earliest pioneers
    Easy to use
    User friendly yet powerful management system
    Consistent , easy navigation: focus on learning, not software
    Results
    Their success = their clients’ success
    Features and processes that focus on learning
    Customer Service
    24/7 for the last 11 years
    Our philosophy
  • 23. Resources:
    Presenter: Cindy Miller, Frenship ISD CTE Coordinator (cmiller@frenship.us)
    ACT WorkKeys Texas Representative: Day Smith (dsmith@act.org)
    National Career Readiness Certificate (www.act.org/certificate)
    WorkKeys Curricula—Career Ready 101 at www.keytrain.com.