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Published: Tuesday, 5/20/2014

New program to help job seekers certify skills


Lucas County kicked off its participation in a new program today aimed at giving job seekers a leg up by certifying their skills on a national exam.

County officials announced the start of the ACT Work Ready program today at Government Center.

The county is one of 19 in the country to be selected as a pilot for the program, which allows people to certify their skills levels.

Developed by ACT, the company known for its college entrance examinations, the program is being promoted by the county‘s Workforce Development department and by employers involved in the Workforce Investment Board.

“We want anyone who wants to take the test to be able to do so because we know this will make our work force stronger,” said County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak.

The cost of the certification exam is $40, but officials say they have received U.S. Department of Labor grants that will reduce or eliminate that cost for most test-takers.

The National Career Readiness Certificate certifies a person’s skills in three areas identified as important to employers - reading, math, and getting information. Applicants start with a practice test and will have the opportunity to beef up skill areas that are lacking.

County commission President Carol Contrada said the goal is to certify 2,000 job-seekers and 200 businesses over the next two years.

Persons interested should visit the county’s employment office, OhioMeansJobs Lucas County, formerly The Source, at 1301 Monroe St., or call 419-213-JOBS.

Contact Tom Troy at: tomtroy@theblade.com or 419-724-6058 and on Twitter @TomFTroy.

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