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IA Workers Getting Certified in 'Career Readiness'

November 25, 2008

Des Moines, IA – These days, those looking for work will often need more than a degree to get hired. Many employers soon will be looking for a Career Readiness Certificate, a new credential available in only a few places, including Des Moines Area Community College. The College joined Iowa Workforce Development to provide the credential, which gives both employers and job hunters a standard measure of workforce skills.

Sue Gibbons, career pathways coordinator for the College, says the idea for the certificate comes from the ACT organization that does college entrance exams. They surveyed employees about what skills every worker should have to be successful.

"They came up with three: applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. Just as the ACT is a predictor of success in college, the CRC is a predictor of success in the workplace."

The College intends to notify employers about the Career Readiness Certificate, so they will include it as a recommended or preferred credential in job listings. The aim is to certify to employers that a prospective employee is capable of performing the work involved in many jobs.

Dick Layman/Elizabeth Grattan, Public News Service - IA