Career Readiness Certificate Program

Bringing People and Jobs Together!

Cape Fear Community College in partnership with the New Hanover Workforce Center, Pender Career Center, JobLink Centers in New Hanover and Pender counties, is offering the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) program. The CRC is a national credential recognized by many employers across the State and nationwide that allows a job candidate to prove his/her skills in three areas:

  1. Applied Mathematics
  2. Reading for Information
  3. Locating Information

Contact: 910-362-7324 or

Additional areas where skills can be assessed include:

All of this allows employers to make informed employment and training decisions. Higher skills indicate a person’s readiness for a greater range of responsibility.

“Over the last 10-15 years there has been a weakening confidence in the academic credentials with which people graduate from high school and college” according to Barbara Bolin, pioneer in the development of the certificate and president of the National Association for Career Credentialing. “The CRC is the perfect complement to those credentials.” Read more about why the CRC is valuable here.


Benefits for Job Applicants

  • Enables you to rank above other job applicants who do not have needed skills
  • Shows perspective employers concrete proof of your skills
  • Enables you to see the application of your course work
  • Improves your success in entry level jobs and enhances your promotability
Benefits for Employees

  • Determine skill improvement and training needs
  • Improve opportunities for career changes and advancement
Benefits for Employers

  • Ensures a skilled workforce, thus improving the bottom line
  • Reduces turnover, overtime, and waste while increasing morale
  • Takes the guesswork out of the hiring decisions
  • Establishes legal defensibility in your selection process
  • Gets the most efficiency from your training practices and improves the effectiveness of training dollars

As jobs in the United States continue to become more complex, employers are asking their employees to have a command of increasingly higher skills. Every organization wants to attract the most qualified employees and match them to the jobs for which they are best suited. The Career Readiness Certificate, through the ACT WorkKeys system, provides a standardized measurement to compare employees and job applicants with established profiles. The KeyTrain training system develops and sharpens the workplace skills of students and employees.

Learn more about how to unlock the power of your workforce and WorkKeys employee selection and development process with the Employers Guide to WorkKeys Assessment.

Read case studies from other employers throughout the United States.

Work and College Readiness

If students are going to be adequately prepared for the workforce, they need to understand the requirements of the jobs they are considering. WorkKeys helps students determine the skill levels and education requirements for various jobs. The WorkKeys database contains over 13,000 job profiles outlining the Math, Reading and Locating information and other skill levels utilized in each occupation. After taking the KeyTrain pre-assessments students will know if there are any skills gaps and exactly what areas in which they need to improve when considering specific jobs.

Career Readiness Skill Levels

(Click on each level for a description of the skills assessed.)

  • Bronze Level – signifies an individual has scored at least a level 3 in each of the three areas (Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics and Locating Information) and has the needed skills for 35% of the jobs in the WorkKeys database.
  • Silver Level – signifies an individual has scored at least a level 4 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary skills for 65% of the jobs.
  • Gold Level – signifies an individual has scored at least a level 5 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary skills for 90% of the jobs.
  • Platinum Level – signifies an individual has scored at least a level 6 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary skills for 99% of the jobs.

To enroll in Adult High School, GED® Test Preparation Classes, or Basic Skills Plus:

Age 18 or older:

  1. Bring a valid identification card (driver's license or state ID card).
  2. Know your Social Security number or bring your card.
  3. Obtain your official high school transcript in a sealed envelope.
  4. Attend the next registration and orientation.

Ages 16 or 17:

  1. Complete steps above.
  2. Bring your parent or legal guardian to registration.
  3. Obtain and complete a notarized parental consent form (available at CFCC's Wilmington campus or ).
  4. Bring a completed official school withdrawal form signed by the superintendent or designee (available at CFCC's Wilmington campus or ).