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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
KCTCS offering certificates for employee skills
FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Cabinet for Workforce Development (CWD) have introduced a new certification to help employers identify individuals who have basic employment skills and are ready for work.

To earn a Kentucky Employability Certificate, individuals are tested in reading, applied math and locating information through the Work Keys assessment tool, which is widely used in the private sector to analyze jobs and assess employee skill levels. Work Keys is a product of ACT Inc., a nonprofit organization best known for the ACT college entrance exam.

As a result of the testing, individuals earn an employability certificate or identify areas in which they need further instruction.

The certificates are issued by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB), which oversees the commonwealth's workforce development system. Ken Oilschlager is KWIB chairman and president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

"The employability certificate confirms that an individual possesses basic skills in reading, math and finding information — skills that all jobs require," Oilschlager said. "The certificate is a standardized credential that says the holder is job ready."

KCTCS and the Department for Adult Education and Literacy, a CWD agency, are already using Work Keys assessments for many of their students. The assessments are also being used by some high schools and one-stop career centers.

"The Cabinet for Workforce Development connects people looking for jobs with employers who need qualified applicants," said Cabinet Secretary Allen D. Rose. "This system gives us an excellent tool for making that match. It also helps individuals identify areas that need to be upgraded so they can improve their skills."

"KCTCS has grown because of the partnerships we have joined to enhance opportunities for the citizens of Kentucky," said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall. "The employability certificate is an example of such partnerships. It's what we are about — certifying credentials of employees."

The employability certificate project was supported financially, in part, by Ashland Inc. and EMPOWER Kentucky.

Employers or individuals who want more information about the employability certificate can contact Keith Bird at (859) 246-3100.

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