the Skills Crisis And Workforce
Challenges of the New World Economy
2, Number 5, 2008
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WorkKeys Conference, April
29-May 2, Indianapolis, IN
Global Conference, July 9-11, 2008, Washington
symposium on international advances in career development and public
Convention & Career Tech Expo, Charlotte,
NC, December 4-6. Daniel
Pink and William Daggett are featured speakers. Early-bird
registration is now open. http://www.acteonline.org/conference/
Innovations 2008, New Orleans, July 15-17. Registrations
are now open. http://www.workforceinnovations.org
19th Annual Conference, May 18-21, Virginia
Beach Convention Center, VA, Workforce Development Is a Journey:
Proud History--New Beginnings. http://www.nawdp.org
Being Accepted for 2008 NCDA Awards
Deadline April 11, 2008
Do you have a colleague who has gone to great lengths to provide career
counseling to individuals in your state, who has developed innovative
programs to enhance career development, who has influenced legislation,
or who has been a leader in your state or in NCDA? Please nominate
that person to receive an NCDA award! Details
of you will remember the Work Readiness Credential (WRC) that was
developed (and is still under development) as part of the Equipped
For The Future project. The NOCC has received several enquiries recently
about the status of this certificate and we have obtained information
that may be helpful.
WRC is aimed at entry-level workers only and it includes 4 modules:
Situational Judgement, Math., Reading, and Oral Language.Since its
inception in 2002, at least three (perhaps as many as 5) assessment
companies have been engaged to develop/provide the required assessments.
The latest is Castle worldwide, and a "soft launch" of
the WRC was undertaken a year ago. We have learned that one of the
assessments is being changed again this year.
assesments focus on skills that are described as "critical
for the success of entry-level workers", and they are: Speak
so others can understand; Solve problems and make decisions; Read
with understanding; Cooperate with others; Resolve conflicts and
negotiate; Use math to solve problems; Observe critically; Listen
reliability and validity of the assessments used will be determined
after a sufficient amount of data has been collected. The assessments
are simply that because they do not CERTIFY skill levels. The four
modules cost $65 for the first attempt and must be completed within
30 days. Re-takes cost $15 with $25 for oral language. A few sample
questions are available from the NOCC if you are interested. Each
module is graded pass/fail, and failure is expected to indicate
areas of weakness. We have no information about remedial training
that might be offered to close apparent gaps.
six states (including DC) invested many hundreds of thousands of dollars
each to get the WRC project off the ground. At least one of those
states, Florida, has now committed to deployment of the CRC statewide.
CRC activity is spotty in most of the other founding states, and it
makes sense because those states are continuing to seek a return on
their initial investment. That does not seem to be happening quickly
as the numbers below indicate.
to data received from the Educational Opportunity Center at the University
of Buffalo that has responsibility for data collection for the WRC,
the numbers of people who have taken all four WRC modules (as of last
week) by state are:
more information on the WRC (to contrast with the CRC), please visit
the CRCC web site and look under Other Resources. You will find a
short written piece and powerpoint slides in the Massachusetts presentation
For Success, the latest report on the teaching of mathematics
from the National Mathematics Advisory Panel is available at www.edweek.org/links
. An article on the report and reactions to it are available in
Panel has called for a systematic, basic approach to math teaching
as opposed to the "jumble of strategies" now used in states
and school districts. The report has been in the making for two
years and the main recommendation is that students need to be grounded
in both "the effortless, automatic recall of simple procedures
and in the acquisition of broader problem-solving skills."
For example, the report states that, in order to prepare students
for introductory algebra and advanced math (the main charge of the
Panel), students should become proficient with whole numbers, fractions,
and aspects of geometry and measurement. It further recommends that
the NAEP, currently considered to be the "nation's report card"
should be tailored to promote those skills. Many high school and
college instructors of mathematics agree that their students do
not have problems with advanced math per se but rather with the
math they didn't learn in 3rd. grade! The "math wars"
between those proponents of a conceptual approach to math teaching
and those who support the views outlined in the report are certain
to continue. However, the views set out in "Foundation
For Success" seem to mirror so much of what we hear often
from employers and college faculty that it is almost certain to
have at least some effect on how math is taught in our public schools
in the coming years.
is a great deal of CRC energy in West Michigan!!! Bill Guest of Michigan
NCRC Advocates has undertaken research on behalf of all states in
the CRC Consortium.
data from the CRC web site, Bill has developed two lists--a Top
10 ranking in terms of numbers of CRCs issued, and those
same states ranked according to certificates per capita and the
number of CRCs per million residents. His results to date are shown
updated lists will be posted in each NOCC newsletter from now on.
If your state data on the CRC web site is very out-of-date, please
send your latest numbers to the NOCC so that these lists will have
more meaning and your state will be better represented.
Top 10 states, as of March 15th, are:
2. 35,000 Indiana
3. 31,000 South Carolina
4. 14,577 Virginia
5. 14,009 Oklahoma
6. 12,521 Michigan
7. 12,157 North Carolina
8. 12,093 Louisiana
9. 11,122 Missouri
10. 9,269 Alabama
Gap to #1 is: 24,479 certificates.
Those same states ranked based on certificates per capita along
with calculations of the number of certificates per million residents
based on 2000 census data are listed here:
1. 7726.80 South Carolina
2. 5756.12 Indiana
3. 4059.81 Oklahoma
4. 3259.01 Ohio
5. 2705.99 Louisiana
6. 2084.28 Alabama
7. 2059.33 Virginia
8. 1987.77 Missouri
9. 1510.32 North Carolina
10. 1259.86 Michigan
Gap to #1 is: 6466.94 per million, or 64,271 certificates.
report Promising Practices: What Works in the Midwest has
just been released by the Midwestern Education to Workforce Policy
Initiative and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) Promising
Practices Series. In the report, Barbara Bolin, President of the NOCC,
authored The Role of Context and Transferability in Learning from
Promising Practices. Her text contains a case study on the CRC
and the Consortium as an example of a successful transfer of a promising
practice. There may be information in the case study that would be
helpful to you in your marketing efforts to employers and others.
You can download the report from www.mhec.org
under Policy Research, Publications, Reports. If you would like a
hard copy of the report, please contact Barbara (firstname.lastname@example.org).
a reminder that the second edition of the Career Readiness Certificate:An
Implementation Handbook is now available for download at the
NOCC web site.
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NOCC, March 2008