Work Skills and Readiness Program for Job-Seekers and Career Builders Extended through 2015
For immediate release
July 3, 2013
Shannon Reid, 230-3504 (office), 568-5599 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org
Concord, NH - The WorkReadyNH program, which provides NH residents with skill-building and job readiness certification through the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), has been approved for an additional two-year period by the Governor and Executive Council.
WorkReadyNH is a partnership between CCSNH, the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, and the NH Department of Employment Security to help job-seekers and career builders succeed through skill-building and certification of workplace skills. The program was created in 2011 to address the needs of NH employers for job applicants with strong basic workplace skills and “soft skills” including teamwork and problem-solving, communication, understanding employer expectations, workplace safety and more.
“WorkReadyNH helps people who are seeking employment, who may have been out of the workforce for a period of time, and could benefit from strengthening and updating their workplace skills,” said Beth Doiron, who oversees the program for CCSNH. “Participants tell us the program not only helped them build their skills but also their confidence to apply for jobs, interview, present themselves to potential employers, and enter a new work environment. The program sets them apart from other job-seekers.”
The program includes online self-paced instruction and assessment in the areas of applied math; comprehension of work-related materials from memos and technical writing to policy manuals and governmental regulations; and working with materials such as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, and charts. Completion earns participants a national career readiness certificate, a certification recognized by industry and employers across the country. Soft skills are taught through simulated work environments and are led by an instructor. Instruction and assessments are offered at the community colleges.
WorkReadyNH is offered at no cost to participants. NH residents, 18 or older who are not full-time students, are eligible. WorkReadyNH is funded through the NH Job Training Fund.
WorkReadyNH has been offered since 2011 at Manchester Community College, Great Bay Community College, White Mountains Community College (in Berlin, Colebrook, Conway, North Conway, Littleton), and River Valley Community College (Claremont and Keene). This year the program will be extended to all seven of the state’s community colleges, including the new Advanced Technology & Academic Center in Rochester, Nashua Community College, and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, with plans to open a program at NHTI in Concord starting this fall.
The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training, transfer pathways to four-year degrees, and dual-credit partnerships with NH high schools. The System’s colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Rochester; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI – Concord’s Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Littleton.