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WorkKeys®

Joliet Junior College Workforce Development is a licensed WorkKeys® Solutions Providers that administers the ACT WorkKeys® assessment. WorkKeys® assessments available are: Applied Mathematics; Locating Information; Reading for Information; Applied Technology; Business Writing; Workplace Observation; Performance; Talent; Fit.

Why Should I Take WorkKeys®?

Taking three WorkKeys® assessments: Applied Mathematics; Reading for Information; and Locating Information demonstrates for employers that you have the basic math and reading skills to be productive employees.  Because of this, more and more employers in Illinois are recognizing and/or using WorkKeys® as part of their hiring process.

To register to take the WorkKeys® test in Will County, please call (815) 280-1500 or in Grundy County please call (815) 280-6822.

Companies worldwide use WorkKeys® to assess a potential new hire's skill levels for comparison to the job requirements. For a list of local area companies that recommend and support the National Career Readiness Certificate click here


 Will I Earn a Certificate?

You can earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) by taking Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information and scoring at least a "3" on each section.  This nationally recognized NCRC certifies that you are WorkReady to employers.  Being ready for work is very important to employers when they seek to hire new employees.

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) provides existing and potential job candidates with a credential that proves their skill level to enhance employability. This certification allows employers a more efficient way to assess work skills.  

Just as the ACT score indicates the college readiness of all students, the NCRC assesses the career readiness of all students and serves as a reliable predictor for workplace success of any applicant, student or adult. Thousands of private and public employers now ask for or require NCRC scores as part of the application process.

The certificate is designed to complement other traditional credentials, such as a high school diploma or community college degree, and confirms the person's competence in specific workplace skills. Employers use the certificate, along with other education and background information, to make employment and training decisions. Higher scores indicate an individual's readiness for a greater range of jobs.

NCRC is awarded at four levels:  Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Each is an objective validation to employers anywhere in the U.S. that an individual has met or exceeded the necessary foundational skills for a percentage of the 16,000 occupations in the WorkKeys database. An employer may use NCRC scores for baseline applicant screening; hiring and promotion decisions; and targeting employee training and development.

The National Career Readiness Certificate uses test results from assessments to award certificates in three categories:

  • Bronze Level signifies an individual has scored at least a level 3 in each of the three core areas (Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information) and has the necessary skills for 35 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys® database.
  • Silver Level signifies an individual has scored at least a level 4 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary skills for 65 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys® database.
  • Gold Level signifies an individual has scored at least a level 5 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary skills for 90 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys® database.
  • Platinum Level indicates a worker has scored at least a Level 6 on each of the three assessments and has the necessary skills for 99 percent of the jobs in the database.

For some frequently asked questions, please click here. To search the recommended levels for jobs click here.

For more information please contact Lynn Svetlecich at (815) 280-1526 or lsvetlec@jjc.edu in Will County or Griselda Martinez at (815) 280-6822 or gmartine@jjc.edu in Grundy County.

Is there study material for the NCRC?

Career Ready 101 is a self-paced, self-directed computer software program that helps you assess your skill level before you take WorkKeys®  assessments.  It was created as a tool to teach the concepts and build the skills needed to earn the score you seek on your WorkKeys®  assessments.

Career Ready 101 allows you to experience concepts, sample questions, and practice assessments at your own pace before you are in a timed assessment environment.  It is an excellent practice tool that helps you become familiar with the material so you are better prepared to earn the score you want.

For more information please contact Lynn Svetlecich at (815) 280-1526 or lsvetlec@jjc.edu in Will County or Griselda Martinez at (815) 280-6822 or gmartine@jjc.edu in Grundy County.

Below are sample careers and their average recommended NCRC scores, median Illinois salary, and projected rate of growth in Illinois through 2018.

 

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