SVCC Awards 10,000th CRC
Southside Virginia Community College recently awarded its 10,000th Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) becoming the first member of the Virginia Community College System to reach the benchmark. The recipient was Jessica Wilmouth of Charlotte County, a completer of SVCC’s Middle College program at the John H. Daniel Campus who earned a silver certificate.
Wilmouth plans to continue her education at SVCC in the spring after earning a guaranteed academic merit award.
|Jessica Wilmouth was recently awarded Southside Virginia Community College’s 10,000th Career Readiness Certificate. Pictured from the left are Dennis Smith, Director of Workforce Development; Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness; Dr. Al Roberts, Provost of the John H. Daniel Campus; Wilmouth, Peter Micken, Workforce Testing Specialist; and Stephanie Currin, SVCC Middle College instructor.
Virginia's Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills. The WorkKeys system was developed by ACT (formerly American College Testing) to meet the demand from business and industry for a reliable screening tool that could help employers identify the best candidates based on the work-related skills needed to be successful on the job.
“The CRC is a wonderful tool for workforce development,” said Dennis Smith, Director of Workforce Development on the John H. Daniel Campus at SVCC.
“The WorkKeys system was established to provide a common language for employers, educators, and job seekers. SVCC has been involved with the WorkKeys program since 1995 and we understand the importance of the system in helping to develop our local workforce.”
The CRC is based on three assessments that are universally used by most employers: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics and Locating Information.
The assessments test workplace skills and uses situations and scenarios that occur in the workplace. Individuals earn one of three levels of Career Readiness certificates based on their test performance. A bronze level signifies that a recipient possesses skills for approximately 30% of all jobs while a silver signifies that a recipient possesses skills for 60% of jobs and a gold signifies skills for 90% of jobs.
Participants readily recognize that these are not academic questions but rather problem-solving situations that occur every day in America’s workplaces.
The CRC allows the employer to evaluate the skills offered by the candidates against the skills required for success in the position which eliminates a large portion of poorly qualified and unmotivated individuals while quantifying the skill sets of those who do apply with the CRC as a part of their applications.
For incumbent employees and recruits, the CRC provides the baseline for training and development. Some of the notable companies in Virginia requiring the CRC include Northrop Grumman, Inova Health Systems, Canon Virginia, and MeadWestvaco.
For more information on the CRC, contact Dennis Smith on the John H. Daniel Campus at 434-736-2008 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debra Smiley on the Christanna Campus at 434-949-1027 or by email at email@example.com or Pam Taylor in South Boston at 434-572-8289 or by email at Pamela.firstname.lastname@example.org
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