LFCC to Offer Career Readiness Certificate as Part of a Greater Effort by Virginia to Document Citizens Employability Skills

For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2009

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
svoth@lfcc.edu
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Beginning in January 2009, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is partnering with the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) to individuals who desire a skills assessment credential. As part of the VCCS, Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education is offering the testing and assessment necessary to obtain a CRC.

According to the CRC Web site (http://www.crc.virginia.gov/), “Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate helps employers by certifying that a recipient possesses core skills in applied math, reading for information and locating information — skills that are required by at least 85 percent of all jobs profiled by ACT WorkKeys® in the country.”

The certificate is based on established WorkKeys assessment tests related to reading, applied math and locating information. Individuals may take assessment tests geared toward general professionals, health care employees and manufacturing workers. WorkKeys is a comprehensive skills assessment tool recognized by thousands of companies in the United States and by state and federal agencies. 

According to the CRC Web site, “In the private sector, there is great concern about the skills gap that exists between those skills required on the job and those exhibited by potential and incumbent workers. Employers experience great difficulty in hiring people who have basic employability skills and who are therefore trainable for specific jobs. The Career Readiness Certificate is a portable skills credential, ensuring employers of a job seeker’s skills.”

Individuals interested in obtaining the CRC and adding this credential to their résumé, may contact LFCC’s Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education at 540-868-7021 or visit http://www.lfccworkforce.com.

The CRC program is supported by Gov. Tim Kaine under the Education for a Lifetime initiative. Oversight of the program is the responsibility of the senior advisor to the governor for workforce development.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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