Michigan National Career Readiness Certificate (MI NCRC)

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Labor & Economic Growth

Michigan National Career
(MI NCRC)
What is the MI NCRC?
A worker jobs skills assessment

Created by ACT

Verifies real world core job skills to employers:
 Applied Math
 Locating Information

Based on over 16,000 “job profiles”

A nationally recognized credential

Employability skills training
Michigan Brand MI NCRC
Certificate Levels

   Platinum Level
signifies an individual has scored at least a Level 6 in each of
the three core areas
   Gold Level
signifies an individual has scored at least a Level 5 in each of
the three core areas
   Silver Level
signifies an individual has scored at a Level 4 in each of the
three core areas
   Bronze Level
signifies an individual has scored at a Level 3 in each of the
three core areas
What Do the Levels Mean?
Based on scores in each of the three core areas:

   Platinum Level signifies an individual possesses core skills for
approximately 99% of jobs profiled by WorkKeys®

   Gold Level signifies an individual possesses core skills for
approximately 90% of jobs profiled by WorkKeys®

   Silver Level signifies an individual possesses core skills for
approximately 65% of jobs profiled by WorkKeys®

   Bronze Level signifies an individual possesses core skills for
approximately 30% of jobs profiled by WorkKeys®
Level 5 WorkKeys® Applied Math Skills
Problems require several steps of logic and calculation (e.g., problem may
involve completing an order form by totaling the order and then computing
tax).

Decide what information, calculations, or unit conversions to use to solve
the problem.

Look up a formula and perform single-step conversions within or between
systems of measurement.

Calculate using mixed units (e.g., 3.5 hours and 4 hours 30 minutes).

Divide negative numbers.

Find the best deal using one- and two-step calculations and then comparing
results.

Calculate perimeters and areas of basic shapes (rectangles and circles).

Calculate percent discounts.
Level Score Vs. Scale Score
Level Scores 3-7
   For public consumption

Scale Scores 70’s-90’s
   Not for public consumption
Employability Skills Training
AKA “soft” or “interpersonal skills”

12 State skills standards

MWAs must offer

Employability skills certificate
What the MI NCRC is Not?
A mandate for the learning disabled

A low level learners assessment

assessments & credentials
MI NCRC Vs. WorkKeys®
Communication
 Listening
 Writing

Problem Solving
 Applied Technology
 Applied Mathematics
 Locating Information
 Observation

Interpersonal
  Teamwork
Where Did the MI NCRC Come From?

Michigan Council for Labor and Economic
Growth recommendation

National Career Readiness Certificates not new
to Michigan

MI NCRC included in Michigan Merit Exam given
to all high school juniors

Over 70,000 certificates issued in Michigan
Goals

Over the next four years, 560,000 residents with MI NCRCs

380,000 Michigan High Schools
+180,000 Workforce Development System
560,000 MI NCRCs issued by 2013
Value of a MI NCRC
Better Prepared Workforce
Matches Skills & Jobs
Reduces Turnover Rates
Way to Quantify Skills of Workforce
Nationally Recognized Credential
Employers Say…

“In our mission to hire, train, develop, retain, and
support life-long learning of diverse qualified
Certificate, and the related WorkKeys®
assessments will continue to be an absolute
resource in recruiting the right candidates
to be successful through the career ladder at
CVS/CVS Pharmacy/CVS Caremark.”
- Lena Barkley, Manager, Workforce Initiatives, CVS/CVS
Pharmacy/CVS Caremark
Employers Say…

consisting of the related WorkKeys®
assessments and learning systems, have been
invaluable in helping us to hire and retain world-
class employees, with the foundational job skills
needed to be successful at Dow. We have
proven correlations between high scores in
WorkKeys® and employees’ ability to quickly
learn on the job technical skills.”
- Jennifer Hayes, Michigan Operations Project Leader,
Dow Chemical Company
Supply                        Demand

Emerging Workforce
(K-12 and Colleges)

Transitional Workforce   Employers
(MWAs and Agencies)

Incumbent Workforce
Target Populations & Assessment

Michigan Works! Agencies required to use three MI NCRC
assessments for program participant (NWLB) jobs skills
assessments.

MWAs encouraged to provide MI NCRC assessments to general
public as resources allow.

DELEG/BWT will reevaluate target population prior to PY 2010.

A MRS counselor will determine appropriateness of MI NCRC for
customers on case-by-case basis.

MI NCRC assessments high-stakes testing (controlled environment,
proctored, and timed).
Remediation
Pre-assessments based on MWA case management
discretion
Less than Bronze level activates MWA locally-designed
remediation
Examples of remediation tools used to improve
assessment scores:
   KeyTrain™ assessments
   Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) Career
   PLATO® Learning online assessments
Testing Sites
MWA Service Centers

With justification:
   Existing or new partner agencies
   K-12 school districts
   Community colleges
   Other community-based organizations

Accommodation/Access:
   Accessibility for people with disabilities
   Public transit routes
   Commuting patterns for jobs
   Conventional wisdom in the region regarding acceptable travel distance for
services
   Proximity of ancillary services
   Parking
Employer Engagement & Outreach

MWAs required to have outreach plan.

DELEG/BWT has developed outreach materials
including the Fact Sheet, Employer Brochure,

DELEG/BWT will conduct employer engagement
and outreach.
Chair – Cindy Leyrer
Vice-Chair – Dennis Dunlap
Secretary – Liz Stegman
Executive Director – Rachael Jungblut
Member – Bill Guest
Member – Ron Koehler
Member – Howard Hipes
Member – Irma Zuckerberg
Member – Michelle Mueller
SW IT Chair – Debbie Gillespie
SE IT Chair – Ann Stanton
WM IT Chair – Liz Stegman
MM IT Chair – Kathy Conklin
NM IT Chair – Dennis Dunlap
UP IT Chair – TBD
MI NCRC Involvement and Stakeholders

Michigan currently ranks 2nd in the United States in terms of MI NCRCs issued
Data and Reporting
One-Stop Management Information System (OSMIS)

Funding Streams:
   Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
   Wagner-Peyser
   Jobs, Education, and Training (JET) participants

MWAs required entry in “Assessment/Testing” section of Individual
Service Strategy (ISS) section of OSMIS for funding streams

   Level scores: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading
for Information

   Employability Skills Training
Data and Reporting (cont…)
Minimum requirements per funding stream for ISS section entry of the
OSMIS:

   Wagner-Peyser funding stream individual must be a Wagner-Peyser participant.

   WIA funding stream pre-registration must be completed. (Will result in the individual being
counted as a Wagner-Peyser participant)

   TAA funding stream registration must be completed. (Will result in creation of a WIA pre-
registration and the individual counted as a Wagner-Peyser participant)

   JET funding stream individual must attend a general orientation.

“Pre-Service” or “Post-Service” MWA data entry will trigger OSMIS determination of
certificate earned (Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze MI NCRC).

Earned certificates (Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze) continue to be displayed
unless the participant’s ISS record is deleted.
ISS Pre-Test Screen
Post Test Gold MI NCRC
Employability Skills Data and Reporting

Two new ISS/OSMIS indicators:
   “Employability Skills Training Given?”
   “Employability Skills Training Completed?”

“Yes” for both questions = OSMIS generated message:
    “Participant qualifies to receive an Employability Skills
Endorsement”
ISS Employability Skills
Quarterly Reports
In addition to MIS, there will be quarterly reports due to
DELEG/BWT.

Reports based on information regarding the MWAs progress and
experiences administering the WorkKeys assessments and
implementing the MI-NCRC.

MWAs are to include details such as job seeker testimonials,
employer testimonials, anecdotes, promising practices, effective
local implementation strategies, etc. Problems and/or recurring
concerns that an MWA has experienced in implementing the
directives of this policy issuance may also be included in these
reports.
Service Levels
MI NCRCs do not meet the “certificate” definition under Common
Measures.

MI NCRC may be recognized as a “credential” under the WIA
statutory measures if approved and recognized as a valid credential
by local Workforce Development Board and provided in addition to
another allowable WIA service.

For Wagner-Peyser participants, WorkKeys® assessments are
classified as a mediated service.

For WIA participants, the three core WorkKeys® assessments are
classified as a core service.

For TAA participants, the WorkKeys® assessments are classified as
skills assessments.

http://www.Michigan.gov/MINCRC

http://www.TheCertificate.org

http://www.michigancrc.org
Questions?
Contact Information

Meeting Employer Needs Division (MEND)
DELEG-BWT
201 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48913
(517) 373-8281
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