Ready to Work

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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. The classes run two nights a week for ten weeks.

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Fall 2018 Ready to Work Course Listing

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TFBI 160

Ready to Work






5:00 - 9:00 PM

JBC 405



1004 TFBI 160 Ready to Work N/A N/A M, Tues, Wed. 6/3/19 Th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM JBC 405 Coffey


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The Ready to Work core curriculum consists of 6 training modules and ACT WorkKeys. Each module is comprised of 3 to 6 lessons that build upon and reinforce common concepts. All curriculum modules, including ACT WorkKeys, are structured to reinforce the essential skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking and arithmetic.

Learning Objectives: 

  • ACT WorkKeys
    • Perform basic mathematic operations relevant to the workplace.
    • Read and understand documents commonly found in the workplace.
    • Find information presented in common workplace graphics.
    • Set up and solve complex work-related math problems.
    • Determine the relevance of written information to work-related tasks.
    • Apply information derived from graphics to work-related problems
  • Computer Skills
    • Use file management systems to manage and share documents.
    • Use popular internet browsers to curate information.
    • Use virtual team tools to collaborate online with a virtual team.
    • Use social media tools effectively, including using LinkedIn to create a professional network, and use social media etiquette both on and off the job
    • Use popular productivity tools for word processing, data/financial management, creating presentations, email, and time management.
    • Use email tools to communicate effectively.
    • Use scheduling tools to manage personal time and collaborate with others’ schedules.
  • FDIC
    • Effectively open, use, and manage a checking and savings account.
    • Develop spending plans/budgets.
    • Understand effective credit use.
    • Understand how to build and repair credit.
  • Communications
    • Communicate positively.
    • Apply listening techniques.
    • Express nonverbal thoughts: written and body language.
    • Express verbal thoughts: face to face, phone, and virtually.
    • Apply verbal and nonverbal techniques in team environment.
  • Workplace Behaviors
    • Recognize and respond appropriately to situations depicting:
      • Workplace violence
      • Diversity issues
      • Sexual harassment issues
      • Basic safety concerns
      • Workplace ethics: attendance/punctuality, attitude, performance/taking initiative
    • Problem Solving
    • Apply problem solving strategies and tools to solve common workplace problems.
    • Analyze problems using structured decision-making methodology.
    • Apply time management strategies to common life and workplace situations.
    • Use negotiation techniques to find common ground.
    • Apply conflict resolution techniques to common workplace situations.
  • Job Prep
    • Gather information required to complete a job application.
    • Complete both online and written job applications.
    • Gather information to generate a resume.
    • Generate and maintain an accurate and current resume.
    • Apply appropriate communication skills improve interview techniques.

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