Ed Center offers work certification program

The Archuleta County Education Center, in partnership with the Department of Human Services, is offering a new program to assist area residents in earning a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is provided by ACT Inc., better known for their college placement testing services.

The Education Center will be providing this opportunity to 15 residents of Archuleta County who have a desire to improve basic skills in math, reading, writing, and other areas deemed to be essential by employers across the nation. Participating individuals will receive tutorial support, computer access, Internet access, and curriculum through the Education Center partnership with the Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) program.

According to Doug Bowen, administrator of the program, “This is a great opportunity for persons who want to position themselves to have more job possibilities or even as a base from which to move into a college, vocational, technical, or other post-secondary program. Staff at the Education Center will assist those who earn the NCRC with enrollment into one of these programs and will even help with application for financial aid.”

Funding for WIN and ACT WorkKeys is being provided by the Department of Human Services and is targeted at individuals who have at least one child at home below the age of 18 and whose family income is less than $75,000 per year. The program is provided at no cost to individuals who meet the criteria and who are willing to make a commitment to self-improvement.

Bowen emphasized that, “A person’s self-perceived skill level or lack thereof should not be a deterrent from participating in this program. The curriculum is competency based. It allows a person to begin at a level that is comfortable and moves that person to higher levels.”

Staff at the Education Center will be actively recruiting individuals for this program over the next few weeks. Bowen said, “We hope to find 15 individuals who have a desire to complete the local program and then move into a college or other certification program that will help these individuals be more marketable in today’s workforce. We know that these individuals are out there. We just need to find them.”

Interested persons should contact Lynell Wiggers or Renee Haywood at the Archuleta County Education Center for enrollment information.