The Hardin County Schools are helping to make adults more marketable on the job market.
Workers can earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) through the district’s adult education course offerings for free if they are enrolled in the adult education program. Skills certified by the NCRC are recognized by thousands of employers as essential for workplace success and career advancement. Those not enrolled in the HCS adult education program can earn the NCRC through Elizabethtown Community and Technical College for a small fee.
According to the NCRC website, “the certificate is a portable credential that shows employers anywhere in the United States that you have attained a certain level of workplace employability skills inApplied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. These workplace skills are highly important to the majority of jobs in the workplace. Employers may consider your certificate level, along with other educational and background information, when making employment decisions.”
There are several different levels of achievement on the NCRC. There are silver, gold and platinum levels.
“There is a bank that those seeking to earn a NCRC can go to and look up the jobs they are seeking,” HCS Adult Education Coordinator Renae Harrison said. “Certain career fields require certain levels of certificates. Career fields from office administration assistants to masonry have needs for those who earn a NCRC.”
“This tells employers that those who have earned a NCRC that they are ready to work. This is an added bonus,” Dr. Harrison added.
Dr. Harrison says that Dow Corning uses the NCRC certificate and other employers are contemplating doing so.
“If you are competing for a job with a lot of other people and you have a National Career Readiness Certificate, you are much more appealing because it shows how dedicated you are to take the additional step,” Dr. Harrison noted.