Kentucky Employability Certificate. Reecie Stagnolia, Interim Vice President, Kentucky Adult Education Tools for the New Pathway: Work Readiness Certificates and Integrated Training National Training Institute, Seattle, Washington November 14, 2008 .
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Reecie Stagnolia, Interim Vice President, Kentucky Adult Education
Tools for the New Pathway: Work Readiness Certificates and Integrated Training
National Training Institute, Seattle, Washington
November 14, 2008
“Kentucky’s reality is that we will sink or swim not on how well we educate our youth, but on how well we educate our entire population, whether age 15, 25, 55 or 75.”
Ron Crouch, Director, Kentucky State Data Center
Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) - 1990
Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act (House Bill 1) - 1997
Adult Education Reform (Senate Bill 1) – 2000
“Adult illiteracy is a fundamental barrier to every major challenge facing Kentucky, including early childhood education, education reform, economic development, and improving the health and well-being of Kentucky’s families and communities”
Kentucky Adult Education Act of 2000 – Senate Bill 1
"An efficient, responsive, and coordinated system of providers that delivers educational services to all adult citizens in quantities and of a quality that is comparable to the national average or above and significantly elevates the level of education of the adults of the Commonwealth."
Source: U.S. Census, 2000
Per capita income 84% of the national average
49th in high school completions and GED
Strong correlation or direct link between educational attainment and income.
Source: US Census
In a poll of more than 80 corporate site location consultants, Georgia’s workforce training program was ranked number one in the country. Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky rounded out the top five.
Source: Expansion Management, August 2007
An easily understood, conveniently attained, and universally valued workforce credential
Based on objective, standardized results
An internationally recognized assessment organization
Available for immediate use
Standard system used in the business community created by ACT.
Allows business to have a common language regarding workplace skills through job profiling, skills assessment, and instructional support.
Compares the skills of workers with the skills required by the job.
WorkKeys Foundational Skills assessments measure cognitive abilities such as applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information.
The Kentucky Employability Certificate is based on three WorkKeys skill areas:
Reading for Information
Measures a person’s skill in reading and using work-related information including:
Measures a person’s skill in using mathematical reasoning to solve work-related problems:
Calculating percentages, discounts and mark-ups
Performing multiple mathematical operations
Calculate perimeters and areas of basic shapes
Measures a person’s skill in using workplace graphics such as:
Assessment in Three Skill Areas: Math, Reading and Locating Information
Re-assess as Needed
Kentucky Employability Certificate Levels
Core employability skills for approximately 30% of the jobs
*in the process of being added
Core employability skills for approximately 65% of the jobs
Core employability skills for approximately 90% of the jobs
Kentucky Adult Education (state funds) will provide 100% funding to Adult Education eligible students for KEC associated costs of assessments, scoring, targeted instruction and KEC fees.
Available at “no charge” to business and industry.
11,893 KECs Issued to Adult Education Students
Commitment to enroll more students from underserved populations and improve academic achievement among all students
The “Tipping Point” ResearchEconomic attainment: 1 year of college level credits + a credential is the tipping pointfor students needing to find career pathways
Study tracked 35,000 working age adult students who came to CTC’s with high school education or less, or non-English-speaking
6 years after college start, the highest value-added for work success
From where you are … to where you want to be
The IBEST Revolution
Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training
The Pierce IBEST Revolution!
In 14 weeks students are prepared to be licensed and work as Protection or Correction Officers
Earn a Pierce College Corrections/Protection Officer Certificate
Earn 20 credits towards a Certificate in Criminal Justice
Earn 5 credits towards a Certificate in Homeland Security
Earn 20 credits transferable to an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
Corrections Officers earn $27,000-$42,000 per year with excellent benefits.
An Example from the Corrections Protection Officers Program:
Speaking: is focused on the skills needed to do things such as communicate clearly andeffectively with correctional officers, inmates and/or juvenile offenders and to promote correctional facility safety.
Listening: is focused on the skills needed to do things such as understand directions, offenders’ requests and explanations, and follow safety warnings.
Writing: is focused on the skills needed to do things such as write observation, infraction, and incident reports; entries into daily logbooks; memos; resumes; and security management plans.
Reading: is focused on the skills needed to do things such as comprehend the correction specific text books, policies and procedures, and technical reports.
Math: is focused on the skills needed to do things such as read graphs and charts and perform basic math operations to include percentages and fractions used on the job in Corrections.
Pierce College Integrated ESL & The United Union of Roofers Apprenticeship Program(Transfers to Clover Park Technical College Fall 2007)
Pierce College & Local 153 Roofers Union
Students begin work over $15.00
4 hours of theory daily
4 hours of on-the-roof practical application daily
Upon completion of this 2-year program students are journey union roofers earning over $26.00/hr.
SBCTC Resource Team
Workplace Basics:ESL and Adult Basic EducationPaid release time; site
Customized Training ProgramDeferred payment50% B&O credit
Job Skills Training ProgramDollar-for-dollar match
Contract ServicesFee for service
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Customized Workplace Solutions – Workplace BasicsEnglish as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education
TRADITIONAL BASIC SKILLS INSTRUCTIONoffered at a worksite.
Success is measured by adult basic education gains, such as a GED.
CONTEXTUAL BASIC SKILLS INSTRUCTIONoffered at a worksite.
Success is measured in workplace terms tied to job performance,like productivity.
INTEGRATED BASIC SKILLS INSTRUCTIONoffered at a worksite.
Success is measured in terms of gains in both basic and workplace skills.
WORK-BASED BASIC SKILLS INSTRUCTIONoccurs as employees carry out their jobs.
Success is measured in terms of gains in both basic and workplace skills.
Training for Airport Screeners
New test for airport screeners after 9/11
1000 screeners facing layoffs, many non-native speakers
650 incumbent screeners attended classes and workshops
Classes offered six days/week, at various times of day; most students attended 4-6 hrs/week for 10 weeks
Content: reading comprehension, test taking and familiarity with test item format; speaking and interviewing skills, completing on-line application
400 screeners (61% of class attenders, 50% of those assessed overall) retained their jobs. National average at similar airports was 10-15%
Screening training led to Airport University
Partnership: college workforce education, non-profit PortJobs
Entry level jobs Career pathway
Job skills classes, computer skills, leadership class, ESL
765 students have successfully completed Airport University classes
84 students have received scholarships for area community and technical colleges
Partnership: Healthcare Workforce Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, local hospital, community college
Creating a “pipeline” of healthcare professionals
Central supply basic skills training Surgical Technician Training Certification
Make training possible, given
Different work shifts
Different skills gaps
Limited time outside of work
Opportunity to learn on the job
Systematize, support, build on existing mentoring and training
Strategies under consideration
Assessment of skills needed and gaps
“Modules” for use by mentors
Some F2F class time
Computer-assisted or on-line