Oregon High Schools Find Value in the WorkKeys Assessements & the NCRC
Early College and Career Options High School (ECCO), is a non-traditional educational program in the Eugene 4j school district for students who have not experienced success in traditional educational programs. ECCO, open to innovation, was an early implementer of the NCRC. With the support, guidance and technical assistance of Lane Workforce Partnership, the NCRC quickly became a part of an ECCO student’s career plan.
Through the NCRC, students built their confidence, recognized the relationship between their skills and those needed for their career, further committed to continuing their education, saw their goals as achievable, and for perhaps the first time, recognized their value to their community.
“The biggest thing I see with the NCRC is not that it shows how valuable I am to an employer, but how I see myself and what I can bring to the world”. Kyle Wissman
In implementing the NCRC, students and faculty at ECCO have presented to community audiences, school boards, at conferences, the state legislature, and in two videos commissioned through CCWD. Students regularly identify the NCRC as a key to their graduation and employment.
Students can earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) by taking three assessments:
There a three WorkKeys® assessments that collectively make-up the NCRC and measure real-world skills in the following critical core areas:
• Applied Math
• Graphic Literacy
• Workplace Documents
The NCRC delivers immediate benefits and empowers students to:
• Match their workplace skills to the skills employers
are looking for in their recruitment efforts
• Show employers a concrete documentation of their
• Stand out from other job applicants
• Demonstrate their commitment to succeed
• Bolster their employability, hourly wage rate,
Currently over 140+ schools are participating in the WorkKeys Assessment and the NCRC. Many high schools and districts are seeing the value of earning an NCRC and are supporting their students pursuing stack-able graduation credentials that prepare them for college and career readiness success!
WorkKeys & the NCRC Helping High School Students Succeed
There are many tests and assessments available for, and required of, students. And with that, there are notable concerns around the testing fatigue of students.
The NCRC not only tests differently than a typical assessment but also its purpose is different. The NCRC demonstrates a students college and career readiness. Currently, over 140+ schools in Oregon are using the WorkKeys assessments and the NCRC as a way to prepare their students for graduation, college, and employment.
Earning the NCRC can leave a lasting positive impact on students in many ways. When students achieve a score of 5 (Gold Level) or better, they meet the Essential Skills Requirements in reading and math needed for High School Graduation in Oregon.
The NCRC also assesses a student’s ability to apply fundamental skills that are needed to succeed in the workplace.
Students who certify their workplace skills
Because not every student plans to attend college after high school, the NCRC is a great credential to stack with a high school diploma to convey workplace readiness.
The NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school or through postsecondary paths, because it is a valid predictor of job performance.