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Offered through eastern North Carolina community colleges, WorkKeys is a program administered by ACT - an internationally recognized educational assessment and testing organization. WorkKeys helps identify aptitude and build on it. The program can help your business find and keep the right people in the right roles. It can help you pinpoint the skills of current employees to maximize their potential and value. The program helps employers and employees benefit each other by lowering the risk of job loss for employees and helping employers develop employees' skills.

WorkKeys is an assessment system that measures real-world skills, and is the basis for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is awarded based on assessment scores in foundational workplace skills such applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.

Many larger companies have implemented WorkKeys programs to improve their ability to match people with jobs, to help motivate employees and help increase productivity.

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Over the last 7 years, the region has seen a steady increase in the number of Career Readiness Certificates earned. Over 63,000 CRCs have been awarded within our region and 10% of the labor force possesses a CRC. Our region accounts for 1 of every 4 NC residents with a CRC.

For specific programming in your county contact:

Carteret County:
Carteret Community College
Perry Harker
(252) 222-6205

Craven County:
Craven Community College
George T. Kramer
(252) 638-7289

Edgecombe County:
Edgecombe Community College
Randi Dikeman
(252) 823-5116 Ext 249

Greene/Jones/Lenoir Counties:
Lenoir Community College
Susan Gale
(252) 527-6223 Ext 706

Nash County:
Nash Community College
N.E.W. Careers Enhancement Project
Charlene Harrison - (252) 451-8389
Carla Dunston - (252) 451-8324

Onslow County:
Coastal Carolina Community College
Joan McGinnis - (910) 347-3141 x225

Pitt County:
Pitt Community College
Mary Paramore
(252) 493-7216

Wayne County:
Wayne Community College
Diane Ivey
Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS)
(919) 739-7003

Wilson County:
Wilson Community College
Barbara Boyette
(252) 246-1340