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Skills Readiness Certification Training

While Oklahoma employers are working to create new jobs, they can't do it alone, which is why a new effort is underway to give potential employees a leg up in finding a job.
Skills Readiness Certification Training

Career Readiness Certificate

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Introduction: WorkKeys And Oklahoma Career Readiness Certificates

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Show 0849: Skills Readiness Certification Training

Air date: December 7, 2009



Rob:  While Oklahoma employers are working to create new jobs, they can’t do it alone.  It’s a fact that industry tends to locate where an available workforce is already in place, which is why a new effort is underway to give potential employees a leg up in finding a job.  Our Hannah Wright explains.

Hannah:  A test, that Megan Stevens and Wayne Hunteman are taking, will say more about them than most.

Wayne Hunteman:  It’s exposed my weaknesses, which was in the communications area.  And it’s got a whole section on that, so it’s working with me on that to improve those skills.

Hannah:  Stevens and Hunteman are students at Francis Tuttle.  One of several technology centers in the state now implementing the program.

Megan Stevens:  I think it’s important because it’s actually helped me understand more.  It’s made my reading better and made me understand English a little better, too.

Hannah:  Integrated academic instructor, Robert Henson.

Robert Henson:  What we endeavor to do here is for all of our completers as they leave their programs and leave us, that they leave here with a career ready certificate; and that they’ve earned one after they’ve taken the Work Keys Assessment.

Hannah:  Diane Lindsey is vice president of sales for Worldwide Interactive Network and sees the benefit of career readiness from the employer’s point of view.

Diane Lindsey:  It allows them to have an objective look at what skills an individual is truly capable of doing, as opposed to just walking in with a diploma or just a resume. It provides a very objective way to look at what skills they have.  It reduces their turnover rate.  It reduces their training time.  So it really makes a huge savings for business and industry.

Hannah:  The tests rate students in areas like math, reading, and locating information.   Of the 15 to 16 thousand jobs profiled nationally by career readiness, about 85% of them use these three core areas.

Diane Lindsey:  And it allows those individuals to either receive a bronze, a silver, or a gold certificate.

Hannah:  Then trains them to improve the skills they are lacking, allowing them to learn and retest.  When completed, they have a certificate to hand to potential employers telling exactly what they are capable of doing.

Robert Henson:  We’re trying to provide our students with an extra credential so they can leave here with extra skills levels to make them more employable.

Wayne Hunteman:  You have a stamp of approval, so to speak, that says, yes, I can do that job.

Rob:  To see how one Oklahoma community is answering the challenge to prepare its workforce for the 21st Century just head to our website at and click on this week’s value added.