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Students earn career readiness certification


On Sept. 22, 2015, the S.C. State Department of Education released summary scores from the state’s first administration of the ACT WorkKeys skills assessment. As required by South Carolina Act 155 and Act 200, third-year high school students took WorkKeys in Spring 2015.

WorkKeys provide indications of job skills and career readiness. Students that score well enough on all portions of the ACT WorkKeys earn the ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate. Based on performance, certification is provided in platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels. This certificate is a portable credential that may be useful in getting a job. More than 2,000 employers in South Carolina are recognizing the ACT NCRC® in support of the South Carolina Work Ready Communities initiative.

In Richland Two, 87.6 percent of students who took WorkKeys earned National Career Readiness certification. Individuals who have earned the ACT NCRC have demonstrated that they have the core foundational skills to be successful in a job.

“In the first administration of WorkKeys, Richland Two is in line with the state percentage for students receiving the National Career Readiness Certificate. We continue to enhance existing instructional programs and add innovative practices that help our students develop the job skills necessary to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce,” said Superintendent Debbie Hamm.

For more information, please contact jburke@richland2.org or iabdussaboor@richland2.org.