WMCC Announces New WorkReadyNH Start Date

The next round of the WorkReadyNH professional level soft skills class will begin March 5th and conclude March 28th, 2012. This free course will be offered Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. here at the WMCC Berlin campus.

This course is designed to help qualified unemployed job seekers and the underemployed (working fewer than 30 hours per week) improve their skills and overall work readiness. Upon successful completion of the WorkReadyNH program, participants will receive the National Career Readiness Certificate, and the White Mountains Community College professional level Workplace Readiness Soft Skills Certificate.

The NCRC is an evidence-based, industry recognized, and nationally portable credential that helps employers determine whether individuals possess the skills commonly associated with success when entering employment, advancing to a new position, or starting a training program. The credential documents competence in essential work-related skills that are important across a wide range of jobs. Certificates are awarded at Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum performance levels.

WorkReadyNH has three parts. The first consists of a baseline skills assessment in math, reading, and locating information, followed by a customized set of self-paced, skill building lessons which are completed online. When the desired skill level is reached, participants take the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) test. A 60-hour professional level "Soft Skills" training is held in a classroom setting and includes topics such as workplace safety, communication, team building, problem solving, customer service, resume and interview skills and general workplace expectations.

Phyllis Melanson of Littleton, a recent graduate of the WorkReadyNH program enthusiastically stated that "Even though I attended the Katharine Gibbs program some time ago, it was so important to have this refresher. I especially enjoyed watching the transformation of fellow classmates as they developed increased confidence and skills". Crystal Godin of Berlin, also a recent graduate of the course said, "I would recommend this course to people who are in a similar situation to mine. The material covered is relevant to today, and helps in areas that may not be your strong points. I particularly liked the team building component".

NH residents over the age of 18, who are unemployed or underemployed and would like more information regarding this program, should contact Judy Woodward, WorkReadyNH Program Coordinator at White Mountains Community College at 603-752-1113 ext. 3026 or by email at jwoodward@ccsnh.edu. Information on WorkReadyNH is also available at the office of New Hampshire Employment Security in Berlin.

WorkReadyNH is an initiative of the Community College System of New Hampshire, the Office of Governor John Lynch, the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, and the NH Department of Employment Security.


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