PRESTONSBURG – Sheena Allen found a new beginning in an unlikely place – a layoff.
Allen, of McDowell, was a first-grade teacher. She enlisted help from the Kentucky Career Center to find another job.
Instead, she found a world of opportunity. After attending a WorkKeys Assessment presentation by members of the Floyd County Adult Education staff, she found out about the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). NCRC is a part of ACT WorkKeys and is a nationally-recognized certification.
Allen scored a platinum level certification. Less than 1 percent of those taking the test in Kentucky earn this mark. She is the second student from Floyd County Adult Education to hit this mark.
“It’s given me options,” said Allen, who is planning to move to Nevada in the coming months to accept a teaching position. “As a college graduate, I didn’t fully understand the value of this certification, but this equipped me with the education and workplace readiness skills I need to be successful.”
Lynn Hall, director of Floyd County Adult Education which is located on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), said the NCRC certification is important to employers. Furthermore, it assists counties in becoming Work Ready communities. Floyd County is currently a Work Ready Community In Progress.
“It’s exciting because it gives students a tool to use to find employment,” said Hall. “It also demonstrates that students who complete the certification have the skills to do particular jobs well.”
Since June, more than 20 students have taken the NCRC test in Floyd County.
“The interest just continues to grow, and we are very appreciative to our partners at the Kentucky Career Center,” Hall continued. “We are all in this for the same reason – to change lives.”
To learn more about the NCRC or Floyd County Adult Education program, call (606) 886-7334 or email [email protected]