ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. Work Keys assessments measure “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.
Successful completion of ACT Work Keys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 2.8 million people across the United States. (Source: ACT Website)
Across the Commonwealth, 53 Area Technology Centers gave the ACT Work Keys Assessment enabling students to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate. Rockcastle Area Technology Center tested 63 students for the ACT Work Keys Assessment and attained their highest ever pass rate of 95.23%, ranking them #1 in the state. Of the 63 students taking the assessment 68.3% earned a Silver Certificate and 27% earned a Gold Certificate, the highest percentage of gold certificates awarded state-wide.
- Silver for a minimum level score of 4 on all three assessments. Demonstrates the skill levels needed in 65% of today’s jobs.
- Gold for a minimum level score of 5 on all three assessments. Demonstrates skill levels needed in 90% of today’s jobs.
- Platinum for a minimum level score of 6 on all three assessments. Demonstrates the skill levels needed in 99% of today’s jobs.
“Rockcastle Area Technology Center has a great track record on NCRC, KOSSA (Kentucky Occupational Skills Standard Assessment), and industry certificates. We know that we have goodhearted, kind, respectful, hardworking students, but this proves their worth to the state,” said RATC Principal Ralph Baker.
Rockcastle ATC consistently performs on a high level, ranking #1 in 2014, #1 in 2013, #2 in 2012 and #2 in 2011.
Superintendent David Pensol added, “I am never surprised when our Area Technology Center continues to lead the state in results. All you have to do is walk through the doors and you will see students engaged in quality work activities, adults caring for the needs of all students and a positive relationship with parents and the entire community. It’s really that simple!”