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College Will Temporarily Pause CRC Testing to Prepare for Changes ACT, Inc., Is Making

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College officials have announced that the college will temporarily suspend Career Readiness Certificate testing this month in order to prepare for changes ACT, Inc., has made to the workplace assessment.

According to PCC Business and Industry Director Jerry Jones, all testing at the PCC Greenville Center’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Lab will be suspended Sept. 18-30. Normal operations, he said, will resume Oct. 2.

Based on the ACT WorkKeys system – a set of real-world workplace assessments – NCRC is a portable, nationally-recognized credential that can help individuals verify workplace skills and increase their employability. The test also gives employers the tools necessary to plan, screen, select, train and promote appropriate candidates.

NCRC results can be beneficial information for many groups and organizations, including public school systems, local and federal government organizations, employers and economic strategists.

Jones explained that ACT, Inc., has updated the core WorkKeys assessments that comprise the NCRC. The resulting NCRC 2.0, he said, will feature contemporary content and more engaging graphics, in addition to name changes that more accurately describe the skills each component assesses. “Reading for Information” will be known as “Workplace Documents,” “Applied Mathematics” will be shortened to “Applied Math,” and “Locating Information” will be called “Graphic Literacy.”

“The current version of the NCRC will sunset Oct. 1,” Jones said. “Thereafter, all online study material and assessments will be on the new platform and reflect the updated assessments. The older version will no longer be available.”

For additional information on the updated NCRC, contact Jones at (252) 493-7216 or jerjones@email.pittcc.edu. PCC NCRC Coordinator Sonya Douglas (252-493-7549/sdouglas@email.pittcc.edu) and PCC NCRC Administrator Ann Tess (252-493-7592/atess@email.pittcc.edu) are also points of contact.