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The Cedar Valley IowaWORKS Center has many services to help the business community meet the current demands of the modern workplace. 

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a national, portable, foundation work skills certification designed and maintained by ACT, Inc. Iowa adopted this credentialing system in 2008 creating an opportunity for individuals to obtain an applied skills certificate through several Community Colleges and Iowa Workforce Development Centers. The certificate was created to assist employers in recruiting new employees, discover training needs, and/or promote incumbent workers based on a series of three WorkKeys® assessments that make up the NCRC – Reading for Information, Locating Information and Applied Mathematics. These three foundation skills are critical in over 90 percent of all occupations. Iowa’s NCRC can help an employer hire the best suited individuals, discover what critical training needs may be needed, and can be used as a means of promoting incumbent workers. This credential is noted as an essential component in transitioning workers from declining to emerging occupations. ACT has profiled over 16,000 different occupations and determined the level of the three foundational skills for each occupation that share the same identification number as outlined in the O*Net (Occupational Information Network) database. The levels associated with the completed certificates and occupations are Level 3-Bronze, Level 4-Silver, Level 5-gold and Level 6-Platinum.

Businesses interested in more information on Iowa’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) contact the Recruitment and Placement Team at (319) 235-2123 or E-mail:

Businesses ready to show their support, download and complete a Letter of Commitment for
Iowa’s National Career Readiness Certificate Click Here

To see a list of area businesses that already support Iowa’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Click Here

Listed below are more services that are currently available.  

Services for businesses:

·      IowaWorks (one-stop resource for Iowa businesses to find workforce information and solutions)

·      Employer's Council of Iowa

·     New Iowan Centers

·      List job openings 

ü      Match applicants with your specific job requirements

ü     Post job listings online, fax, postal mail, or telephone

·      Test applicant’s skill levels (on the computer)

ü      Office Proficiency Assessment Certification (OPAC)

ü      TapDance  

·   AccuVision (contact Business Representative: )

·  Work-Keys (contact Business Representative: )

·      Use a meeting room for interviews, orientations, and meetings

·      Research labor market information

·      Resources - review literature and videos 
(TV & VCR available)

 ·      Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

For additional information, please contact:

Cedar Valley IowaWORKS
3420 University Avenue
Waterloo, IA  50701

Office Hours: 

8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday

General Services Information:
Voice  (319) 235-2123
Fax     (319) 235-1068

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