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Virginia's Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.
What is DCE? • Virginia Department of Correctional Education • Provides educational services to incarcerated individuals across the state – Academic – Vocational – Cognitive • Service areas – Adult prisons – Juvenile facilities – Community Corrections
The Career Readiness Certificate program was part of Governor Mark Warner's Education for a Lifetime initiative and continues under Governor Kaine. Oversight of the CRC is the responsibility of the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC); administration of the CRC is handled by the Virginia Community College System.
The Career Readiness Certificate is a portable skills credential, assuring employers that a job applicant actually has the basic skills they seek.
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% of all jobs profiled by ACT Workkeys in the country.
Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate 3 Levels Bronze core employability skills for approximately 30% of available jobs Silver approximately 65% Gold approximately 85%.
w Why the CRC FOR DCE? Upon release, individuals who carry with them a Career Readiness Certificate will have a credential that provides meaningful evidence of their job skills and promotes their employability in a competitive market.
By testing individuals who are enrolled in Career and Technical programs in a fourth area, Applied Technology, DCE students will have additional support to “level the playing field” when competing for employment upon release
Southside Virginia Community College • provide assessment materials • score assessments • provide certificates • provide access to state CRC database • provide trained assessors to administer the 3 CRC assessments • provide test/test administration security • award certificates
SELECTION CRITERIA Enrolled or previously enrolled in a DCE academic, vocational, transition or cognitive program, or a tutor Educational functioning level of 8 th grade or better in both reading and math based on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Scheduled for release within 1 year or less
Over 5, 200 Virginia workers have earned their CRCs in the last three years DCE has added over 1000 to that figure within the past year!
http: //www. crc. virginia. gov/skillsbank/ ZIP CODE PDCs DATES REGIONS COMMUNITY COLLEGE SERVICE REGIONS CERTIFICATES (LEVELS) CITIES LWIAs SCORES
Preparation • Conventional Prisons • Usually 5 90 -minute classes per week. • Certified DCE instructor plus 1 qualified offender tutor for each pair of students. • Schedule may vary according to institutional needs.
Preparation Community Corrections • DCE program varies with type of institution • Detention and Diversion Centers • 20 week programs • Day Reporting Programs • Non-residential
Implementation TRAINED ASSESSORS DEVELOPED & DISSEMINATED -● POLICY/GUIDELINES FOR TEST ADMINISTRATION ● MONITORING AND REPORTING PROTOCOLS & FORMS SCHEDULED & CONDUCTED BLITZ TESTING (Central Office Assessors)
RESULTS From 12/01/05 thru 11/30/06 1 st year of the program. Total Assessed: 1061 Bronze 308 Silver 613 Gold 156
Curriculum • • Workplace Essential Skills Aztec Learning Systems Most pre-GED math workbooks Teacher-made materials