Veterans and Others can Take Workkeys Assessment for Free at JJC

More than 70 spots are still available for qualified Will County residents to take the WorkKeys assessment at Joliet Junior College for free, thanks to a $10,000 grant provided by the Will County Community Foundation last October.  This opportunity is open to any and all veterans, GED students, low-income individuals or those unemployed in Will County. It is a first-come, first-serve process; there is no application.
 
“To provide a competitive edge in today’s tough job market for veterans, GED students, the unemployed and the underemployed, JJC’s Workforce Development is thankful to the Will County Community Foundation for the opportunity to present the NCRC Plus certification to those sections of our population,” said Jami Trybom, manager of Workforce Development at JJC.
 
Trybom said these tests would benefit anyone who didn’t take the ACT or PSATs in high school.
 
The WorkKeys assessment is made up of three tests – Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information.
 
The Locating Information assessment could also benefit those whose high school graduation date is before 2014.
 
Each test costs $22. Those who qualify for the free testing will also be provided free pre-assessments at no cost (a $50 savings for all three pre-assessments).
 
After passing the WorkKeys assessment, test takers will receive either a gold, silver, bronze or platinum NCRC Plus certification depending on their score.
 
Trybom said the certificate would never expire.
 
“That way they can be as competitive as recent or new high school graduates,” she added.
 
The WorkKeys assessment is offered at the JJC City Center Campus, located at 214 N. Ottawa Street in Joliet; the Main Campus, located at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet; and the Morris Education Center, located at 1715 N. Division in Morris.
 
Those wishing to take classes at JJC who can benefit from Workforce Investment (WIA) Funding are required to take the WorkKeys assessment.
 
To register for one of the free spots to take the WorkKeys assessment, call Trybom at 815-280-1303 or e-mail her at jtrybom@jjc.edu. Those who get this opportunity will be required to complete the assessment before Sept. 30, 2013.

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