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Pre-Employment Training

A number of pre-employment training courses are available through the Human Resources Development Program. These classes are specifically designed to enhance the skill levels of persons who are unemployed, underemployed and those facing an impending layoff. The core curriculum focuses on the development of essential skills for the workplace. The courses we offer include Career Planning and Employability Skills, Basic Keyboarding and Computer Applications. In addition you learn to set goals and explore careers. Resume writing, interviewing techniques, and job search skills are emphasized. Job placement and self-sufficiency is the ultimate goal of this program. Training for the Career Readiness Certification is also available through the HRD Program.

  • Employability Lab – Learn how to assess skills and limitations, develop a positive self-concept, develop basic employability skills, develop communication and problem solving skills, and expose yourself to technology used in the workplace.  This open lab allows students to attend any offerings of the class as they desire.
  • Introduction to Computers – Become computer literate in this “start from the beginning” basics class.
  • Pre-Employment Skills –  Several companies have partnered with RCC and is now requiring every individual to complete this class before applying to their business. This course provides employability skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The curriculum framework is based upon the the companies’ occupation and addresses career exploration, job seeking and keeping strategies, entry-level skill awareness and development, and training success strategies including note-taking, test-taking strategies, reducing test anxiety, and preparing for certification exams and placement tests.

To register for Pre-Employment Skills, call (910) 410-1844 for assistance.

For more information about Pre-Employment Training call (910) 410-1700 or (910) 410-1831.

Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)

Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is a work credential that promotes skills and career development for individuals and verifies to employers anywhere in the United States that you possess basic workplace skills and employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.  North Carolina’s CRC is based on the ACT WorkKeys system, an industry-driven system of profiling, assessment and instructional support.

WorkKeys

WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce.  The WorkKeys exam evaluates your skill levels and is given at RCC on a regular basis. The certificate allows individuals to demonstrate their level of skill in the most common skills required for success in the workplace. RCC provides free KeyTrain classes that prepare you to take the WorkKeys exam. If you have lost your job or are facing a plant closing, now is the time to begin preparing for the exam and the opportunity to add the CRC to your resume.

ACT is launching updated versions of the WorkKeys test that will better measure the skills needed in the workplace.  What this means for you is that starting Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 we will be offering the new WorkKeys assessments at the new price of $15 each.  We will continue to offer the old WorkKeys assessment until 12/14/2017 at $12 per test.

Change of test names and number of questions and new increased amount of times:

  • Applied Mathematics becoming Applied Math with 34 questions = 55 minutes
  • Locating Information becoming Graphic Literacy with 38 questions = 55 minutes
  • Reading for Information becoming Workplace Documents with 35 questions = 55 minutes

View the Career Readiness Certificate and WorkKeys schedule

Nikki Harris
WorkKeys Coordinator
Workforce and Economic Development
(910) 410-1844
naharris@richmondcc.edu