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National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Assessments

McLean County Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) Initiative

Learn more about the McLean County Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) initiative. CWRC is a partnership between ACT, Inc. and the McLean County Community Compact, McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, McLean County Unit 5, Regional Office of Education 17, and Heartland Community College.

“McLean County is the only county in Illinois and one of just 16 in the nation selected to participate in a two-year pilot project with ACT's Certified Work Ready Communities program,” said Gary Niehaus, superintendent of Unit 5 schools and chair of the McLean County Community Compact.

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The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a nationally-recognized credential demonstrating proficiency in job-related skills. It shows employers anywhere in the United States that you have attained a certain level of workplace employability skills. Employers may consider your certificate level, along with other educational and background information as they make hiring decisions.

You can earn bronze, silver, gold and platinum certification through internet-based assessments. Key areas include: Reading for Information, Locating Information and Applied Math. The final certification level is based on your combined test results. Skill reports are distributed at the conclusion of the testing session.

For more information or to register for the assessments, call 309-268-8165.

Note: All examinees are required to present a current official photo ID (for example: driver’s license, passport).

$22 per assessment

2014 Test Dates:

  • Saturday, October 11
  • Friday, October 24
  • Friday, November 21
  • Friday, December 19

Each testing session begins at 12:30pm and ends at 5:00pm. The time limit for each WorkKeys assessment is one hour.

Future test dates will be added periodically.