Alabama’s Ready to Work program, operated by the Alabama Community College System in cooperation with AIDT, provides a career pathway for individuals with limited education and employment experience. Ready to Work’s workplace environment provides trainees the entry-level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama. Training is provided at no cost to participants.
The Ready to Work 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. The curriculum is delivered through both online and classroom instruction.
Upon successful completion of the program and earning 70 percent or higher on comprehensive assessments, graduates will receive the Alabama Certified Worker (ACW) Certificate, issued by AIDT, and the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), issued by ACT. The RTW classes are offered through Wallace State in Cullman, Blount, Winston, and Morgan counties.
Time: Classes meet twice a week in the evenings. Classes are 3 hours and last 10 weeks.
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certification
An assessment-based credential issued at four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The NCRC measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. Find out more about WorkKeys.
Course Content: The Workkeys program conducts three individual assessments:
Applied Math: The Applied Math assessment measures critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and problem-solving techniques for situations in today's workplace. While individuals may use calculators and conversion tables to help with the assessment problems, math skills are required to solve problems.
Graphic Literacy: Workplace graphics come in a variety of formats, but all communicate a level of information. From charts to graphs, diagrams to floor plans, identifying presented information, and understanding how to use it are critical to success. The Graphic Literacy assessment measures the skill needed to locate, synthesize, and use information from workplace graphics.
Workplace Documents: Employees need to be able to understand written text to do a job. The Workplace Documents assessment measures the skills people use when they read and use written text such as memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations on the job.
Time: 3-hour exam