BCC, tech prep students get Career Readiness

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 Brunswick Community College’s Continuing Education Department and Brunswick County Schools’ College Tech Prep Program’s collaborative effort has lead to 68 high school students receiving a state and nationally recognized Career Readiness Certificate.

The Career Readiness Certificate is a portable credential recognized by national and state employers that certifies that an individual has the basic skills needed to be successful in the workplace. The Career Readiness Certificate enhances students’ opportunities when applying for any type of job or career. 

According to Gov. Beverly Perdue, “the Career Readiness Certificate is a benefit to both employers and employees. Employers can see skill sets and employees can show skill sets. In North Carolina, we will continue our investment in a high-tech, high-skilled, high-knowledge workforce that leads America in 21st century career readiness.”

For certification, students took a three-part assessment: reading for information skills, ability to locate information and applied math skills. The assessment was coordinated by BCC’s Continuing Education Department. Students’ fees were paid by Brunswick County’s College Tech Prep Grant.

BCC’s Continuing Education Department promotes the concept of lifelong learning by providing educational experiences that help individuals meet occupational and professional goals and fulfill social and personal needs. 

College Tech Prep is a course of study designed to meet the need for high school graduates to have more technically-oriented educational backgrounds. Through a blending of high-level academic and vocational courses, Tech Prep prepares students for the collegiate-level courses required by two-year community college programs. Participants in Tech Prep are consortia consisting of at least one community college, one high school, and industry partners. Tech Prep is funded through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.