The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce's application to have Sangamon County become a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) was one of eight in the country recently accepted for the program by ACT, an organization best known for college entrance exams that provides the certification.
This achievement would mean Sangamon County has a system in place to align the workforce with local business employment needs. A key portion of the certification process is the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) that focuses on certifying three essential skills in individuals - applied math, reading for information and locating information.
Counties participating in the CWRC program aim to have unemployed and current workers take NCRC tests to obtain employability certificates. The certificate shows that an individual has demonstrated skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and mathematical reasoning. Recipients will be certified as bronze, silver, gold or platinum based on their performance.
The certificate is transferable anywhere in the United States.
Employers that recognize this certification can use it to assess an individual’s chance for success within their organization. The certification will help businesses hire the most qualified people for opportunities that arise, leading to lower turnover and fewer work-related accidents.