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Career Readiness Certificate Provides Boost

Oct. 14, 2011

      Get a competitive edge in today’s job market by adding a credential that shows your skills in the workplace, the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) offered through Anne Arundel Community College.

      This certificate is especially beneficial for people who are returning to the workforce after a prolonged period, students who have completed English as a Second Language, adult basic skills or occupational training programs or people new to the job market, such as high school students or recent college graduates.

      AACC offers a preparatory course, “Career Readiness Certificate Preparation” (CRC 301) that allows students to take a pre-test and then improve their skills by using a self-paced online software program. Once they receive course log-on information, students may either attend Friday sessions from noon to 4 p.m. in an open computer lab with an instructor or use the courseware anytime, day or night, with an Internet-connected computer. The instruction and the three WorkKeys® assessment tests in applied mathematics, locating information and reading that comprise the NCRC are included in the $45 course fee.

      Issued by American College Testing, the NCRC has a multi-tiered assessment that lets employers know that a candidate has the workplace skills that match their needs. ACT interviewed industry professionals and assessed skills in applied mathematics, locating information and reading comprehension needed for about 18,000 specific jobs.

      Skills measured include problem solving, critical thinking, applying information from work documents, applying mathematical reasoning to work-related projects, setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations, locating, synthesizing and applying information derived from graphic presentations and comparing, summarizing and analyzing information.

     For information, contact Philip Knighton at or visit the website at To register, visit