The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

April 24, 2013

ECC receives ACT Career Preparedness Award


TARBORO — Edgecombe Community College (ECC) has received the ACT Career Preparedness Award in North Carolina for its efforts to prepare students for careers and the workplace.

ECC was among four recipients statewide to receive awards through ACT’s College and Career Readiness Campaign. The award was presented to ECC President Dr. Deborah Lamm during a State Board of Education meeting earlier in April.

ECC was commended for its program with Edgecombe County Public Schools that offers WorkKeys to high school, college, and GED students.

Officials estimate that 90 percent of jobs in the United States require competencies in applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. These areas are assessed by WorkKeys through Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) testing.

ECC has offered CRC testing since 2007. All ECC students are given the CRC assessment in curriculum program courses. Since 2010, 70 percent of graduating ECC students have earned a CRC, which is awarded at graduation in May.

A WorkKeys profiler has been on staff at ECC since 1998. WorkKeys skills training has been conducted with local businesses for the past eight years, and more than 90 profiles have been completed for local and regional employers.

Also, the college led the process for Edgecombe County to be one of the first four WorkReady Communities in the state.

“We are delighted that ECC received ACT’s Career Preparedness Award,” says Lamm. “Everyone is a stakeholder in workforce development. Our goal is to build the best trained workforce possible.”

Other ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign winners were as follows:

Jaquesha Stokes, a senior at Mt. Tabor High School in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools – Student Readiness Award

Parkland High School, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools – College and Career Transition Award

Catawba Valley Community College – Workplace Success Award

Dr. June Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction, congratulated the award recipients saying that the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction are committed to graduating students prepared for the next step in life.

“Our READY initiative is designed to promote success after graduation. By gaining the knowledge and skills needed in higher education or the workplace, students can be confident that they will have a bright future in whatever path they choose,” Atkinson said.

A national selection committee composed of education and workforce development leaders will review all state recipients and select one honoree per category for national recognition. Recipients will be recognized at the ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., in May.