Ready to Work

jamie.blackmon@wallacestate.eduAlabama’s Ready to Work program provides a career pathway for adults with limited education and employment experience at 63 sites by 19 colleges. Ready to Work’s workplace environment provides trainees the entry level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama. The training curriculum is set to standards cited by business and industry employers throughout the state, and the skills cited in the U. S. Department of Labor’s Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Reports.

Enroll today, it is free!! Classes are held in Cullman, Blount, Winston and Morgan counties. The classes run two nights a week for ten weeks.

Classes include:

1. Job Acquisition

   a. Job application
   b. Resume
   c. Cover Letter
   d. Job Interview
   e. Federal and State withholding forms
   f. Take career assessments

2. Personal Qualities and Work Ethics

   a. Job attendance and punctuality
   b. Loyalty, respect, critical judgment, honesty, and diligence
   c. Responsibility, self-esteem, goal setting, prioritizing, task focus
   d. Conflict resolution strategies, team work
   e. Ability to follow orders, ability to accept constructive criticisms

3. Thinking Skills

   a. Decision making
   b. Problem solving
   c. Learning and listening skills

4. Workplace Behaviors
   a. Diversity
   b. Sexual harassment
   c. Workplace violence
   d. Personal safety

5. Manufacturing

   a. Safe use of equipment
   b. Precision measurement
   c. Lean and Just In Time manufacturing
   d. Principles of Quality Manufacturing

6. Computer Skills

   a. Microsoft Word
   b. Microsoft Excel
   c. Microsoft PowerPoint
   d. Overview of hardware and software system

7. Customer Service Training

   a. The importance of attitude
   b. How to deal with a difficult customer
   c. Conquering resistance from the customer
   d. Tools for eliminating customer service problems  

Modules Covered in the WorkKeys Training

1. Locating Information

   a. Find, fill in, and summarize information on a graph
   b. Sort through distracting information
   c. Compare information
   d. Draw conclusions and make decisions based on information gained from written material

2. Reading for Information

   a. Identify main ideas
   b. Choose correct meaning of words
   c. Apply instructions
   d. Identify the correct meaning of an acronym defined in the document
   e. Apply complex instructions
   f. Identify implied details
   g. Apply complicated instructions to new situations
   h. Determine the meaning of jargon or technical terms based on how they are used

3. Applied Mathematics

   a. Convert simple money and time units
   b. Solve problems that require more than one operation
   c. Multiply negative numbers
   d. Decide what information, calculations or unit conversions to use to solve problems
   e. Calculate perimeters, percentages, and multiple areas and volumes of spheres, cylinders or cones
   f. Use fractions
   g. Find the best deal when there are several choices
For more information or to enroll contact Jamie Blackmon 256.352.8461 or