Gov. Mike Beebe will be on campus Jan. 14 for the first of several events promoting the state's new Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate. Monday's event begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Grand Hall.
Gov. Beebe will be joined by Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Maria Haley, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Director Artee Williams, Dr. Robert P. Leber, Director, Education and Workforce Development and Chairman of the Virginia Workforce Council, and other state leaders in education and economic development.
The Pulaski Technical College event is the first of ten regional forums to be held around the state to announce the rollout of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate, a portable credential that certifies that a person has core employability skills, such as math, reading and locating information, that are needed for specific jobs.
"The certificate will benefit employers, job seekers, educators and the community by reducing employee turnover, building job seeker confidence, increasing a graduate's chances for hire and boosting economic development," Department of Workforce Services Director Artee Williams said.
To obtain a CRC, a job seeker must score adequate levels in reading for information, applied mathematics and locating information on WorkKeys®, a comprehensive employability skills assessment tool that compares skills levels required for various jobs with those a job seeker currently possesses.