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Employment Staffing, Gaston College offer career readiness expo



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Employment Staffing of Lincolnton is teaming up with Gaston College to offer an expo designed to provide information to job seekers about the process for attaining a Career Readiness Certification (CRC).

The information session, scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Lincoln Cultural Center in downtown Lincolnton, is free and open to the public.

Kelly Hardee, branch manager of Employment Staffing, told the Times-News that the event is not a drop-in but will rather be a presentation likely to last between 30 and 40 minutes.

Along with Donna Blake of Gaston College, Hardee will detail the importance for those looking for a job to go through the CRC program, a certificate from which is steadily becoming a requirement for many employers looking to fill positions in the area.

The certification, which includes bronze, silver and gold levels, documents achievement in skills such as reading for information, locating information and applied math, as these are required in a majority of jobs.

Blake, a CRC and workforce-training specialist, said the two-week classes, which last four hours a day for four days a week, are free for the unemployed and the “underemployed,” with the state picking up the waived fees for those that qualify.

Gaston College’s Dallas campus offers the course, which starts out with instruction and ends with the WorkKeys assessment, on a regular basis every two weeks.

Though the Lincoln campus doesn’t currently offer the course, those interested may drop in from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday on the facility’s second floor for an open-lab session to prepare online for the certification test.

Blake said she’s hoping to get the word out about the program in Lincoln County, with the ultimate goal of having the course offered here, as well.

Completing the CRC program, which Blake described as an “employment tool,” shows prospective employers that the job seeker is willing to do whatever it takes to not only get the job, but also to then do the job. It additionally shows that the person either has the necessary skills or has the ability to be trained.

Monday’s expo will also provide participants with information on General Educational Development (GED) courses offered by the college.

For more information on the CRC program at Gaston College, visit http://www.gaston.edu/conted/career_readiness_certificate/index.php.

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