MassSkills-Career Readiness Certificate

Employers are increasingly concerned with ensuring that both potential and incumbent employees have the skills necessary to thrive in today's workplace. More than 80 percent of all jobs are projected to require skills beyond those earned in high school by 2010.

For an executive contemplating moving a business to the Pioneer Valley, expanding an existing company, or even just sustaining operations in a fiercely competitive environment, the skill level of the available workforce is often a deciding factor. As a result, both job seekers and incumbent workers are increasingly called upon to demonstrate a more advanced set of skills or at least the ability to develop those skills through on-the-job training.

Holyoke Community College's Career Readiness Certification (CRC) is designed to meet the needs of both employers and job seekers in this transitioning economy.

  • For employers, the CRC offers a reliable means of determining whether a potential employee has the necessary literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills to be "job ready".
  • For job seekers, the CRC serves as a portable credential that can be more meaningful to employers than a high school degree or a resume citing experience in a different job setting.

The CRC is based upon WorkKeys, a nationally recognized, skills assessment tool developed by ACT Inc., that gives employers and job seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.

For Employers

Businesses consider many factors before establishing a presence in a particular state with the skill level of the available workforce often being a deciding factor. Employers who are thinking of moving to or expanding in Western Massachusetts now have the Career Readiness Certificate to help them out.

See what skills are tested for at each certificate level: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

For more information, read our FAQ.

For Career Seekers

Getting a Holyoke Community College Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) allows you to show prospective employers that you possess the basic skills they require.

Even if you have a high school diploma (or GED) or a post-secondary degree, the CRC further verifies that you can handle the kinds of tasks—finding information, reading instructions and directions, even working with figures—that are common in today's workplace.

How It Works

The Certificate is based on established WorkKeys assessment tests. WorkKeys is a comprehensive skills assessment tool recognized by thousands of companies in the U.S. and by state and federal agencies. To earn a CRC, you will undergo testing related to reading, applied math, and locating information through the WorkKeys skills assessment system. Based on your test performance, you can earn three levels of certificates:  Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

For more information, read our FAQ.


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