PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) About 100 T.F. Riggs High School seniors were part of the first pilot group of students who tested last week for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and the state Department of Labor and Regulation says the results were impressive. The NCRC is used to verify students’ core employability skills and measures reading for information, applied mathematics and locating information. The assessment helps students identify if they have the foundational work skills that are needed in the workplace and from there, they can determine the education and training they need to meet their future goals. Bobbi Brown, counselor at Riggs says the school was happy that the NCRC credentialing could be provided to the 2012 graduates. Of the 107 students tested, all of them passed and earned a NCRC. Secretary Pam Roberts of the state Labor and Regulation Department says the results show that the local students are learning the skills necessary to be quality employees. Soon, the certificate will be available to more high school students as part of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s South Dakota WINS program. Funds allocated by the 2012 legislature will cover the $100 testing fees for all selected sites.
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