BHS students excel in new career testing
Baldwyn High School juniors recently completed the district’s first WorkKeys testing session. WorkKeys is a division of ACT and is a testing program that the workforce uses to improve workforce quality.
According to research individuals are entering the workforce without the skills employers need. WorkKeys is a first step toward closing skills gaps and improving workforce quality.
“We want our students to graduate with the best opportunity to compete for jobs in the workforce. Whether students choose the college route or career route, our teachers will continue to teach academic and life skills to give each student the chance to reach his or her potential to succeed in life,” Superintendent Jason McKay said.
WorkKeys assessments are based on situations in the everyday working world. The assessments measure “hard” and “soft” skills, helping the following:
*Individuals—from career seekers to longtime employees—measure their skills and advance their career goals
*Educators from high school through college ensure their students are ready for career success
*Employers find, hire, and develop quality talent
*Workforce and economic developers prepare their workforce to attract and maintain business and industry
*Industry associations and advocacy organizations develop valuable skills credentialing systems for a more productive, reliable and profitable workforce
Successful completion of three WorkKeys assessments—Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information—can help an individual earn the National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC®), a portable credential that documents essential work skills.
BHS students have been preparing for the WorkKeys assessment during life skills and ACT preparatory classes. All juniors participated in the recent testing session. Students received immediate feedback of their score reports. Students can achieve platinum (7), gold (6), silver (5), bronze (3), or non-certification (0-2)
BHS junior scores included 2 percent Platinum, 16 percent Gold, 38 percent Silver, 28 percent Bronze, and 16 percent non-certification.
The total number of students tested were 61 with 51 students receiving certificates.
“We are very proud of our students for being dedicated to doing their best and wanting to succeed in life. With this testing completion, there will many more job opportunities for our students awaiting upon the completion of high school and college,” Superintendent McKay added.