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For Immediate Release: March 11, 2013
Contact: Kerry Koonce
Telephone: (515) 281-9646 or (515) 681-2230

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Skilled Iowa

Iowans Can Achieve NCRC Certification with Multi Site Testing Event
Skilled Iowa Initiative gives Iowans jump start on their futures

DES MOINES – Iowans will have an opportunity to advance along the pathway to career success by receiving a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

On March 23rd, interested individuals may take the test to earn a NCRC, a credential that highlights skill sets to potential employers.

Encouraging Iowans to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate is a goal of Iowa Workforce Development’s Skilled Iowa Initiative. This unique Saturday opportunity is taking place in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Marshalltown and Waterloo on March 23rd at 1:00 PM.

“We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for individuals to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate,” said Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert. “By offering the event on Saturdays, the opportunity is afforded to more Iowans.”

Individuals interested in testing must reserve a spot at the selected location.

The National Career Readiness Certificate, or NCRC, is a credential recognized across the country that students and workers use to demonstrate their workplace skills. Employers can use the NCRC to help identify the right workers for available jobs.

The NCRC test measures several skills, including critical thinking and applied mathematics. Those who earn the certificate can use it to easily showcase their skills on resumes and in portfolios. The process of earning an NCRC also helps students understand their strengths and areas for growth, arming them for a competitive job market.

Testing Locations & Contact Information

Cedar Rapids: Cedar Rapids Human Services Campus Conference Center
317 7th Ave. SE, Suite 401
To Register: (319) 365-9474

Davenport: Davenport IowaWORKS Center
902 West Kimberly Road, Suite 51
To Register: (563) 445-3226

Dubuque: Dubuque IowaWORKS Center
680 Main Street, 2nd Floor
To Register: (563) 556-5800

Marshalltown: Marshalltown IowaWORKS Center
3405 South Center Street
To Register: (641) 754-1400

Waterloo: Waterloo IowaWORKS Center
3420 University Avenue, Suite G
To Register (319) 235-2123

Visit http://skillediowa.org to learn more about the Skilled Iowa Initiative and the opportunities it provides students, workers and employers.

Like Skilled Iowa on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SkilledIowa and follow @SkilledIowa on Twitter for the latest updates.


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