Wayne County residents will have three opportunities to take the WorkKeys® tests for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) in October.
Beginning in October, updated WorkKeys® tests will be administered. New assessments in Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents will replace the previous versions. All three tests required to earn a certificate must be the same version so anyone who did not complete the trio will have to start over with the new set.
The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS) program will provide testing sessions 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24 and 12:30-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 19.
All of these sessions will be held in Room 136 of the Walnut Building on Wayne Community College’s main campus in Goldsboro. Pre-registration by calling (919) 739-7004 is required.
Cost to take the set of three skill assessments is $36.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base offers free assessments to military personnel and their dependents. Call (919) 772-1123 for more information and to register for the next testing session on the base.
Those wishing to prepare for the NCRC may take advantage of the self-directed instruction and skills upgrade training offered in the WORKS Lab, which also is located in Room 136 of the Walnut Building. The lab is open 9 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. The lab is not open on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Individuals may earn bronze, silver, gold, or platinum certificates based on their performance on the tests. The NCRC is recognized by employers across the state as a proven measurement of job skills.
Wayne County leads the state, with more than 16,600 certificates awarded. A quarter of the county’s population holds the credential.
WORKS is a collaborative effort of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Wayne Community College, Wayne County Public Schools, County of Wayne, Wayne County Career Center, City of Goldsboro, and the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board. It is housed Wayne Community College’s campus in Goldsboro.