The CWRC/NCRC E-Newsletter is designed to provide stakeholders with a condensed summary of the most current information, events, and data related to Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) efforts across the state. 

August 4, 2014 Vol. 7

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NEW In This Edition:
  • Northwest Christian University to Award 3 College Credits for the NCRC
  • WICCO Shares NCRC Job-Seeker Success Story
  • AccuVision Soft-Skill Rollout 
  • Meet Peter Svendson
Watch the New Early College & Career Options (ECCO) high school video and see how WorkKeys & the NCRC have helped to increase graduation rates by over 30%!
Click Here to View the NEW ECCO & the NCRC Video
Northwest Christian University to Award 3 College Credits for the NCRC!
NCU is proud to partner with WorkSource Oregon in awarding credit for the NCRC according to the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. Since 1895, NCU has been committed to higher education, and for over 30 years has actively pursued the granting of appropriate credit for college-level learning that occurs outside the classroom.
Students can convert their NCRC certificates into college credit after applying for admission to NCU and providing official transcripts from ACE. If the student is admitted and enrolled in a degree-seeking program, the NCRC credits can be applied towards their graduation requirements in any of NCU’s bachelor’s programs, either the traditional daytime program or the adult evening and online format.

Bonnie Temple, Enrollment Advisor 
Northwest Christian University 

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Letters of Support  Across the State

  • City of Oregon City (Clackamas) 
  • Reser's Fine Foods (Portland)
  • Energyneering Solutions Inc. (Sisters)
  • Coverplay, Inc. (Medford)
  • DeRoest Concrete & Contracting
    (Baker City)
1,803 Employer NOW Supporting the NCRC! 
  • Farm Supply Distributors (Wallowa)
  • Worthy Brewing Company (Bend)
  • Letica Corporation (St. Helens)
  • Frantic Stamper (Eagle Point)
  • Rocky Mountain Colby Pipe (Pendleton)
Click Here to View a Comprehensive List of Oregon Businesses Who Recognize and Prefer the NCRC

A total of 33,708 National Career Readiness Certificates have been issued in Oregon. Certificates have been earned by individuals from various backgrounds throughout the state of Oregon. The demand for the NCRC continues to grow among job seekers and employers. The NCRC has been an effective tool in providing sound documentation on an individual's skill level for jobs that have been profiled in the ACT WorkKeys Occupational Profile database.

Access the occupational profile database by clicking on the following link:
Click Here to View the WICCO NCRC- Success Story
Click Here to View the New Job Seeker Informational Material
AccuVision Soft-Skills Rollout Scheduled for August 15, 2015
We are excited to announce the rollout of our Soft-Skills Assessment in Oregon called AccuVision! AccuVision assessments provide sound documentation on the Soft Skills for job types ranging from basic/entry level, high wages and high skills, and supervisor or 1st line manager.  Each job type has a corresponding soft skills assessment (3 total) and is designed to measure the soft skill levels needed to be successful in various jobs, sectors, and occupations. Furthermore, the soft-skills assessment were developed in response to employers' need for a valid, legal and predictive tool that supports selection, development, reduced turnover and increased performance.  

Soft-Skills Rollout in preliminary progress:
  • Train the Trainer will beginning the week of August 11th in Salem & Bend
  • Webinar Training's have begun, PowerPoint presentation can be accessed at the link below:
Click Here to View the Powerpoint Soft Skills Orientation Assessment

PCC’s Career Pathways program was recognized this week by the White House at the Ready to Work conference.  Twenty programs across the country were recognized.
The Portland Community College Career Pathways program has built pathways in a number of industries in partnership with the local workforce investment board, other community colleges, local employers, the state department of health and human services, and other entities. Career Pathways offers training that leads to credentials in a range of industries, and serves 1,300 students per year. Average wages for Career Pathways completers one year after employment is $19.40 per hour, higher than the regional median wage.

Go to this website and scroll down to see the map of US, then click on the Oregon site for additional information about PCC’s program: 

Meet Peter Svendsen
Peter joined the Linn, Benton, Lincoln Workforce Investment Board in May 2014 as the Business Services Coordinator.  He is collaborating with partners and employers in the region to support workforce initiatives such as the Certified Work Ready Communities and Sector Strategies. 

He has over 15 years experience in employee and training development and has spent the last few years integrating the National Career Readiness Certificate with programs and services in 27 counties in the state of Minnesota

Welcome Peter to the Team!
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Oregon Community Colleges and Workforce Development
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Salem, OR 97310-0103
(503) 947-2446
Fax: (503) 378-3365

* The Oregon NCRC is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary formats are available upon request to persons with disabilities. 
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