Career certificates will walk the talk for you

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Career Readiness Certificate is a portable skills credential that is easily and universally understood and valued by employers, educators and recipients in that it facilitates job placement, retention and advancement in today’s mobile society. 

This credential describes exactly what the holder can do and supplements a high school diploma, college degree, work experience or works as a stand-alone credential. 

These assessments are free. 

The Career Readiness Certificate is based on three WorkKeys assessments: applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information, and is awarded at three levels: Bronze (level 3 on each assessment), Silver (level 4) and Gold (level 5).
WorkKeys is a product of the American College Testing Program (ACT) and has become 
a widely accepted common language for skills definition among employers, educators and trainers, and potential and incumbent employees. 

Governor Bill Richardson’s office is anticipating that the CRC will be available early Summer 2006. Acceptable WorkKeys scores will generate a retroactive CRC to qualifying participants. 

WorkKeys is offered at 9 a.m. May 22 at the Family Support Center. Each test will take 45 minutes, with results available in less than one week. It is available to active duty, separating or retiring active duty members, spouses and high school-age dependants. Contact the FSC at 784-4228 to register. 

Other assessment locations include the New Mexico Workforce in Clovis and Portales, or the New Mexico Department of Labor. 

Spouses of Airmen who were employed at previous duty stations may be eligible for funding for education, training, re-training, child care and transportation reimbursements while attending school if they worked at the last duty station and left their job due to a Permanent Change of Station move. Spouses can file for unemployment insurance through the Department of Labor at their last duty station once they are available for work at the new duty station. Many Department of Labor locations allow online applications. 

To make an appointment at the New Mexico Workforce Connection at 1404 Main Street in Clovis, N.M., call 763-3155, or the Portales office at 100 S. Avenue A, Suite 110 at 365-4720 to determine eligibility. 

For more information, contact FSC or Trina Miller at 762-7714 or tmiller@epcog.org.