Career Readiness Certification
An Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is a portable credential based upon the WorkKeys assessments that demonstrate to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st century jobs. Getting a CRC will allow an individual to show prospective employers that he or she possesses the basic skills they are looking for. The Arkansas Careeer Readiness Certificate verifies that a job seeker can handle tasks such as finding information, reading instructions and directions, and working with numbers--tasks that are common in today's workplaces. These tasks are skills that all jobs require.
The WorkKeys measure foundational skills in the areas of reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information. Examples of reading for information include comprehending work-related reading materials, from memos and bulletins to policy manuals and governmental regulations. Applied mathematics includes the ability to apply mathematical reasoning to work-related problems. Locating information indicates the applicant can use information from such materials as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, and charts.
The Arkansas CRC program uses WorkKeys assessments to award certificates in three categories: Gold Level, Silver Level, and the Bronze level. The client will receive a wallet size certificate which will be recognized by employers across the nation.
The benefits of the CRC include:
- increasing chances that graduates will be hired.
- enabling students to see a reason to take coursework seriously.
- improving student's success in entry-level and subsequent jobs.
- aligning curricula to meet the job skills employers need.
- providing a workforce devleopment tool that ensures "no worker is left behind."
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Education and the Little Rock School District Career and Technical Educators are proud to join more than 20 states across the nation in offering training and assessment for the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate.