See how one Oregon company improved its onboard rate by using WorkKeys and the NCRC system!
The Oregon Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development is located at, 255 Capitol Street, 3rd Floor
Salem, OR 97301. The contacts below are located at 875 Union Street in Salem in the Planning, Innovation and Evaluation Unit:
Program Information and Assistance:
Wayne Fanno (proctoring and profiling)
Linda Sozzi (administrative support)
Todd Nell (technical assistance)
Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC)
The CWRC initiative positions local communities to better compete for jobs, for business growth, and for economic success. Work Ready Communities is all about managing the Talent Pipeline to align with the needs of the business and employers. Certified Work Ready Communities empower Oregon counties with actionable data and specific workforce goals that can help drive economic growth.
Certified Work Ready Communities provides an independent endorsement of certain basic skills (both hard and soft skills) of the workforce in participating counties across the state. Oregon is leveraging the National Career Readiness Certificate, the AccuVision Soft Skills Certificate, and other skilling up tools to measure and help close the skills gap in our state.
Oregon joined more than thirty states utilizing the NCRC on January 25, 2011, with the support of key government, business, economic development, and workforce leaders. The Oregon program supports both statewide and regional efforts to help build a more skilled workforce.
Since 2008, over 44,000 Oregonians have earned their National Career Readiness Certificate and approximately 2,400 businesses of all sizes, in a variety of industries, are supporting and/or preferring the NCRC in their hiring practices.
Why the NCRC ?
Research by ACT, (an international leader in educational assessment and workforce development services for over 50 years) indicates that Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information are three foundational skills that are critical to on-the-job success in approximately 80% of occupations. They are part of a broader WorkKeys® job skills assessment system that measures a total of eleven valuable skills for any occupation—from entry-level to professional.
WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certificate logo are registered trademarks of ACT, Inc. The Oregon NCRC program is funded with a mix of federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) funds and state general funds and administered by the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. The Oregon NCRC is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary formats are available upon request to persons with disabilities.