Article by: Greg Forbes/Denison Bulletin & Review
The Chamber and Development Council (CDC) of Crawford County is reaching out to emploers and potential employees looking for a slight advantage. Earlier this year, CDC Office Manager, Rachel Desy, became certified to proctor the National Carerr Readiness Certificate (NCRC) assessment.
The NCRC, designed and administered by the ACT, is a three-part test that helps individuals identify their strengths and also provides employers with a reliable resource to match an employee with a suitable position.
The test measures applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information but also shows abilities in an array of soft skills including work discipline, teamwork and customer service.
Desy explained she wanted to become a proctor to give Crawford County citizens a local resource and to strengthen the CDC's involvement with the assessment as well as the Skilled Iowa initiative.
"The test goes hand in hand withour mission. It helps with economic development
and we will always support that," she said. "It has allowed more access and more test sessions."
Through the NCRC, Desy said Crawford County can build a cerfitied and identifiable workforce. "Anytime that you're improving a workforce, identifying a skill set and giving people a gauge where they can identify and improve on skills, you're improving a workforce," she said. "Having an available workforce is a huge thing that new potential companies look at."
Appointments to take the test may be make with Desy by contacting the CDC office at 712-263-5621. Desy said often times, she attempts to organize multiple people at one locatino for efficiency, as the assessment may take approximately three hours, but individuals are also welcome.
She added the CDC office has two computers available for the test or individuals may also bring a personal laptop computer info the office. Paper tests are available as well but require advanced notification to allow shipment of materials.
Currently, the test is provided at no cost through the State of Iowa but Desy advised the State may choose to discontiue that service at a later date.
The test is mainly catered towards those looking for a new position, as the certificate measures abilities and pairs strenghts with viable jobs. Desy said the certificate provides a unique addition to a resume or portfolio, as it demonstrates an area or areas in which an applicant is most likely to succeed.
"Maybe a resume didn't stand out but you scored a high level on the NCRC. That may get you in the door for an interview," she said.
To find out how to register for the test, contact Desy at 712-263-5621 or Sherri Vaughn with Iowa Workforce Development at 712-792-2685 extension 22. To learn more about the test, visit www.act.org/certificate.