Assessments 

The following assessments are offered by Workforce Development:

WorkKeys®/National Career Readiness Certificate

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

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.  Individuals required to take the WorkKeys® assessment as a part of a job application, 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.


National Career Readiness Certificate

Joliet Junior College Workforce Development is offering the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The National Career Readiness Certificate 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.

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 in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. 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.

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 a list of local area companies that recommend and support the National Career Readiness Certificate click here.  If you are an employer and interested in supporting the National Career Readiness certificate, please fill out this letter of commitment and email it or fax it to Paige Vanderhyden at  pvanderh@jjc.edu or (815) 280-1292. 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.

Employer List  

For a list of local area companies that recommend and support the National Career Readiness Certificate click here. If you are an employer and interested in supporting the National Career Readiness certificate, please fill out this letter of commitment and email it or fax it to Paige Vanderhyden at pvanderh@jjc.edu or (815) 280-1292.


 CareerReady101/KeyTrain

The CareerReady 101/KeyTrain® training system is offered by Workforce Development and sharpens workplace skills of students and employees. It is an online program that is done at your own pace and can help you prepare for the WorkKeys® Assessment or assist in increasing your scores. For more information on CareerReady101/KeyTrain please contact contact Lynn Svetlecich at (815) 280-1526 or lsvetlec@jjc.edu.


Paraprofessionals (Teacher's Assistant)

WorkKeys® Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants for paraprofessional certification to fulfill the Illinois State Board of Education and federal "No Child Left Behind" requirements.  The three WorkKeys® Assessments that are required for the Paraprofessional certificate are: Reading for Information; Applied Mathematics; and Business Writing.

The following scores are required on the tests:

  • Reading for Information - 4, measures the skill individuals use then they read and use written text in order to do a job.
  • Applied Mathematics - 4, measure the skill individuals use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems.
  • Business Writing - 3, measure the skill individuals use when they write an original response to a work-related situation. 

Individuals looking for more information on the Paraprofessional Certificate can visit http://www.isbe.state.il.us/certification/html/paraprofessional.htm or 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


Castle Worldwide Testing Center

Joliet (815) 280-1526 and Morris (815) 942-0566

Workforce Development is a testing facility for Castle Worldwide.  Castle administers professional certifications and licensing exams for a wide variety of professional associations and government agencies. Many of the exams are related to healthcare, business, safety, and design. View a list of available exams.


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Assessment (MBTI)

$40 (assessment only)/ $75 (one-on-one session)

The MBTI will identify personality strengths and unique talents. It will help you better understand yourself, your motivations, and your potential areas for growth and career options, as well as how you interact with others.

For more information or to sign up to take the assessment contact Jami Trybom at (815) 280-1303 or jtrybom@jjc.edu.


Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment

$25 (assessment only)/ $75 (one-on-one session)

The Strong helps you better understand your interests and match those interests with work, career options or leisure activities.  You will discover your interests, preferences, and personal style – exactly the information you need to select a major or choose a career you can be passionate about.

For more information or to sign up to take the assessment contact Jami Trybom at (815) 280-1303 or jtrybom@jjc.edu.


StrengthsQuest™ Assessment

$25 (assessment only)/ $75 (one-on-one session)

StrengthsQuest can help you thrive in your academic career by showing you how you can leverage your talents to approach your coursework through a focus on what you naturally do well. It provides valuable information about who you are and gives you clues to the type of work environment in which you are most likely to thrive.

For more information or to sign up to take the assessment contact Jami Trybom at (815) 280-1303 or jtrybom@jjc.edu.

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