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Valley View juniors will have an opportunity to receive first-ever Career Readiness Certificate

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 10:21 a.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK — As Valley View School District continues to emphasize college and career readiness for all students, the school district, in cooperation with ACT and the Workforce Development Coalition, will offer high school juniors an opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate when they take the Prairie State Achievement Exams April 23 and 24.

To qualify for the National Career Readiness Certificate, students must achieve a specific score on all three WorkKeys skills measurements they will undergo April 24 after taking the ACT on April 23.

In order to achieve a Platinum Career Readiness Certificate, students must score six or above; for Gold it’s 5 or above; Silver is 4 or above and Bronze is 3 or above.

Valley View's Tammi Conn, director of Career and Technical Education, pointed out that many employers use WorkKeys to determine a potential employee’s career readiness. Under normal circumstances, taking the WorkKeys assessment would cost an individual $120 but, thanks to state funding, students will be assessed for free.

"Not only will this save our students some money, but it will also help them with their post-secondary education and their future careers," Conn said.

The WorkKeys results will become a part of a student’s permanent record.

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