Gov. Mike Beebe visited Pulaski Tech Monday morning to kick off the first of several forums promoting the new Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate.
More than 250 businesss and industry leaders, city officials and educators attended the event.
Gov. Beebe was joined by Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Maria Haley, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Director Artee Williams, Dr. Robert P. Leber, director, Education and Workforce Development and chair of the Virginia Workforce Council, and other leaders in education and economic development.
Monday's event was the first of 10 regional forums that will be offered around the state to announce the rollout of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate, a portable credential that certifies that a person has core employability skills, such as math, reading and locating information, that are needed for specific jobs.
"The certificate will benefit employers, job seekers, educators and the community by reducing employee turnover, building job seeker confidence, increasing a graduate's chances for hire and boosting economic development," Department of Workforce Services Director Artee Williams said.
To obtain a CRC, a job seeker must score adequate levels in reading for information, applied mathematics and locating information on WorkKeys?, a comprehensive employability skills assessment tool that compares skills levels required for various jobs with those a job seeker currently possesses.
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Pulaski Technical College