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SVCC Awards its 20,000th Career Readiness Certificate

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Southside Virginia Community College recently awarded its 20,000th Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) becoming the first member of the Virginia Community College System to reach the benchmark. The recipient was Isaiah Godfrey, a rising senior at Prince Edward County High School, who scored at the platinum level.

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. We are delighted that many of our high-school partners are offering the assessments so students can document the skills they have to enter the 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 validate workplace skills by utilizing situations and scenarios that occur in the workplace. Participants readily recognize that these are not academic questions but rather problem-solving situations that occur every day in America’s workplaces.

Individuals testing in Virginia 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 17% of all jobs while silver signifies that a recipient possesses skills for 69% of jobs and gold signifies skills for 93% of jobs.

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 a baseline for training and development.

For more information about the CRC, contact Dennis Smith on the John H. Daniel Campus at 434-736-2008 or by email at dennis.smith@southside.edu or Debra Smiley on the Christanna Campus at 434-949-1027 or by email at debra.smiley@southside.edu or Pam Taylor in South Boston at 434-572-8289 or by email at Pamela.taylor@southside.edu

BENCHMARK AWARD – Prince Edward County High School student Isaiah Godfrey recently earned a Career Readiness Certificate awarded by Southside Virginia Community College. The CRC was the 20,000th issued by the local community college becoming the first member of the Virginia Community College System to reach the benchmark. Pictured from the left are Dennis Smith, Director of Workforce Development at SVCC; Mark Daniel, SVCC Testing Specialist; Isaiah Godfrey and Dr. Brad Bryant, Coordinator of Career and Technical Education/Adult and Continuing Education at Prince Edward County Public Schools.

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Jeff, Executive Director of VGA, grew up in a rural county in West Virginia and his family still lives on the farm that has been in their family since 1841. Jeff's passion is rural economic development, and his economic development experience has always been in smaller, rural communities. He was a primary and driving force behind www.mountainmade.com, a national pilot project with the Robert C Byrd National Technology Transfer Center that showcased the internet as a rural economic development tool.

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