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First-Ever CCCE ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Awards Presented in Oswego County

FULTON – The first-ever CCCE (Center for Career and Community Education) Oswego County ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) awards were presented to graduating Practical Nursing students of the Center for Career and Community Education.

Practical Nursing students from CCCE are the first in Oswego County to be presented with an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate. In  front from left:  Danielle Melchior, Courtney Redhead, Kathryn Southwell, Allysha Barbera, Ashley Loura, Shelby Roach, Trishia Bartle, and Jennifer Thomas.  Pictured in back from left: Desteny Moore, Laura Middleton, Stephanie Deline-Dence, Sonya Clark, Rose Chamberlin, Whitney Daino, Marie Shutts, CCCE Health Occupation Coordinator of Adult Health Programs Elizabeth Rice, Amber Bishop, Cayuga Community College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Anne J. Herron and CCCE Executive Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development Carla DeShaw.
Practical Nursing students from CCCE are the first in Oswego County to be presented with an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate. In front from left: Danielle Melchior, Courtney Redhead, Kathryn Southwell, Allysha Barbera, Ashley Loura, Shelby Roach, Trishia Bartle, and Jennifer Thomas. Pictured in back from left: Desteny Moore, Laura Middleton, Stephanie Deline-Dence, Sonya Clark, Rose Chamberlin, Whitney Daino, Marie Shutts, CCCE Health Occupation Coordinator of Adult Health Programs Elizabeth Rice, Amber Bishop, Cayuga Community College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Anne J. Herron and CCCE Executive Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development Carla DeShaw.

Cayuga Community College’s new ACT WorkKeys Center, housed under CCCE, a joint educational partnership between CiTi BOCES and CCC, offers career and technical education to Oswego County and New York State residents.

Based at CCC’s Fulton campus, this center offers a full range of assessment and career training opportunities to school districts and employers throughout New York State, including services for BOCES Career and Technical Education Centers.

To earn the ACT WorkKeys NCRC, students must have a successful completion at levels three through seven for each of the following core assessments: Applied Math, Workplace Documents and Graphic Literacy.

Successful completion of these three assessments results in the ability to obtain the NCRC credential at one of four levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

In addition to the core assessments for the NCRC, the following assessments also currently comprise the ACT WorkKeys Assessment Suite: Applied Technology, Business Writing, Workplace Observation, FIT and Talent.

WorkKeys is a national initiative aimed at enhancing economic development efforts, helping to ensure that everyone from students just entering the workforce to longtime employees understand the skills employers require and how to prepare themselves for successes.

To further strengthen this career and skills assessment system, ACT has developed curriculum to provide a means for skills improvement for individuals as they work towards specific career goals.

CCCE is licensed by ACT to provide both the assessments and the skill enhancements, including remediation for ACT assessments.

The following eighteen Practical Nursing students are the first students in CCCE to receive this national certification after obtaining one of the required levels for each of the core WorkKeys assessments:

Allysha Barbera, Trishia Bartle, Amber Bishop, Rose Chamberlin, Sonya Clark, Whitney Daino, Stephanie Deline-Dence, Renee Denny, Ashley Loura, Danielle Melchior, Laura Middleton, Desteny Moore, Courtney Redhead, Shelby Roach, Marie Shutts, Stephanie Sorrendino, Kathryn Southwell and Jennifer Thomas.

“Having an ACT WorkKeys Center at CCCE gives access to our students and others in the region to earn the NCRC, which provides a portable credential that validates job readiness and is linked to more than 20,000 jobs profiled by ACT,” said CCCE Liaison for Workforce Initiatives and Corporate Programs Paula Hayes. “This credential assists job-seekers, educational and workforce professionals and employers with matching skill levels to appropriate jobs, thus making this a win-win for Oswego County and New York.”

CCCE Executive Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development Carla DeShaw said she is excited for more to become certified so that Oswego County might become the first ACT Work Ready Community in New York State.

“ACT WorkKeys Assessments do not simply give an indication of reading and writing competency,” said DeShaw. “They measure a range of hard and soft skills relevant to any occupation, at any level, across industries.”

During the certificate presentation ceremony, Cayuga Community College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Anne J. Herron, Ed.D. said, “I’m so impressed with you all, congratulations to each of you.”

For more information regarding services offered through Cayuga’s ACT WorkKeys Center, please call (315) 593-9400 or email Paula Hayes at [email protected]