Presentation on theme: "Unlocking the Door to Employment"— Presentation transcript:
1 Unlocking the Door to Employment Co-Presenters:Dr. Sharon Mullen, Principal Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation CenterJale Ramsey, Education Support Services Coordinator Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
2 We BelieveThere is no issue more important to Virginians with Disabilities than having the right to work, earn a good wage and live in the community with other citizens
3 It’s A FactIn recent months the Labor Department reported that the nation’s unemployment rate was at 9.3% but for people with disabilities the rate was 16.9%
4 Beating the OddsWoodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center is continuously seeking strategies to give our clients an edge in today’s competitive job marketOne strategy that we believe does this is giving our clients the opportunity to achieve at least the Bronze Level Career Readiness Certificate while they are at WWRC
5 Show of Hands How many are familiar with the following terms: WorkKeys?Career Readiness Certificate?Aztec Learning System?
7 WorkKeysWorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop and retain a high- performance workforceStudents are given 55 minutes for each test.Reading for Information is a 33 item assessmentLocating Information is a 38 item assessmentApplied Math is a 33 item assessment.
8 WorkKeys ComponentsJob Profiling: Identifies the skills required for a jobAssessment: Shows the current skill levels of students or job applicantsTraining: Helps individuals and employers correct skill gaps
10 More than 18,000 job titles, ranging from white-collar professional to blue-collar technical positions have been profiled by WorkKeys-authorized job profilers. Extensive research has been done on these jobs to identify the essential skills and skill levels for employee selection, hiring, and training.Assist employers in knowing and understanding the qualifications needed for the jobs they have available and matching applicant skills to those jobs.Assist employees in helping them to attain jobs that match their skills.
11 Making the Connection - Skills to Jobs 7314%Gold/PlatinumPossess skills for approx % of jobs20439%SilverPossess skills for approx % of jobs15931%BronzePossess skills for approx. 85% of jobs
13 In order to determine if a career seeker possesses those profiled skills at the desired levels, a set of valid and reliable assessments were developedAssessments are 100% compliant with:Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO)Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)The assessments test workplace skills by using situations and scenarios that occur in the workplaceQuestions are less academic and more problem-solving situations that occur everyday in the workplaceWith the job profile in hand, the employer now knows what skills are needed for a certain position21st Century Job SkillsPreparing students for jobs that currently do not exist.Employers report that potential employees lack the skills they need in writing skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.WorkKeys testing can address all three deficit areas.Excellent measure of abilities in Problem solving and critical thinking skills, as you will see later in this presentation.
14 Career Readiness Certificate Assessments The are several assessments in the WorkKeys Testing Program, but the ones we will be talking about today are:Career Readiness Certificate AssessmentsReading for InformationLocating InformationApplied Math
16 Training The key to talent development KeyTrain Curriculum Career Ready 101Aztec Learning SystemWe are all after the same solution: Identify skills needed for the job, assess a career seeker’s skill level and provide the training needed to close any gaps
17 WorkKeys ProvidesEmployers – A complete solution for employee selection and developmentCareer Seekers – The first step to prepare for education, training, or a careerEducators – Helps to ensure that individuals are ready for work – and for life
19 WorkKeys Helps Employers To hire qualified workersTo compare worker’s skill level with job requirementsTo reduce turnover ratesTo lower the cost of remedial training and lost efficiencyTo increase return on investment for training dollarsTo strengthen America’s overall workforce
20 Employers in VirginiaVirginia Workforce Council has endorsed and promoted the CRC since 2002 when they began discussion of a transferable and transportable skills credential will be developed that can both identify qualified employees and be used in career planning at all levels .
21 Employer Comments...Patti Deitos, Inova Health System… /day down to 100/day resulting in a 1.6 million dollar savings in 6 months.Show what 400 applications look like and what 100 applications look like.Mike Lindsey, Site Manager Contentental, Newport News. CRC show that an employee has the ability to learn and to learn quickly.Scott Miller, Canon, describes a transition to higher tech jobs. Career Readiness Certifications helps us to understand the skills of our workforce and the best fit based upon employee capabilities.
23 WorkKeys Helps Employees By verifying to employers that the career seeker has the basic job skills to fill that position even if they possess only a high school diploma or GEDBy verifying that the career seeker can handle tasks that are common and vital in today’s workplaces such as finding information, reading instructions and directions, and working with figures
25 WorkKeys Helps Educators To identify and address any gaps that may exist between skills required in today’s workplace and those exhibited by studentsTo address the basics of reading, applied mathematics and locating information that are essential to living independently and securing employment
27 Career Readiness Certificate An assessment based credential that is:A component of Governor Warner’s (D) Education for a Lifetime InitiativeEndorsed by Governors Kaine (D) and McDonnell (R)A national standard based upon 21st Century Job SkillsA portable credential that validates employment skills for employersAligns with the Virginia Workforce Council Initiative21st Century Job SkillsPreparing students for jobs that currently do not exist.Employers report that potential employees lack the skills they need in writing skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.WorkKeys testing can address all three deficit areas.Excellent measure of abilities in Problem solving and critical thinking skills, as you will see later in this presentation.
28 Why do we Need a Career Readiness Certificate? Virginia businesses now compete in a global marketplaceTo do this, they must hire the most capable and productive employeesBusinesses must be sure that their hiring criteria are valid instruments for assessing workplace skillsIndividuals who seek employment must effectively communicate to employers the skills they have to offerThe CRC serves both the needs of the employer and career seekers21st Century Job SkillsPreparing students for jobs that currently do not exist.Employers report that potential employees lack the skills they need in writing skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.WorkKeys testing can address all three deficit areas.Excellent measure of abilities in Problem solving and critical thinking skills, as you will see later in this presentation.
30 Levels of Career Readiness Certificates Bronze LevelSilver LevelGold LevelPlatinum LevelWhen I explain testing results I tell our students to think of the Olympic metal podium.Gold metal is earned by the person who exhibits the greatest skill in the sport.Silver metal is earned by the person who exhibits the next greatest level of skill in the sport.Bronze metal is earned by the person who exhibits the next greatest level of skill in the sport.On a national level there is a Career Readiness Level above Gold Platinum.Platinum is not awarded as a Career Readiness Level in the State of Virginia.Several students have earned a Platinum Level Certificate. I advise and encourage them to order a National Career Readiness Certificate if they test at a Platinum Level. The cost is $16.00 and is ordered online.
32 What Were We Looking For WorkKeys provides good training programs such as KeyTrain, however, we were looking for a more flexible format to customize learning and assessment, based on the individual needs of our diverse populationThe Aztec Learning System proved to do just that for usThe Aztec Program is the starting point for all instruction used to prepare students for WorkKeys testing.
33 Aztec Learning SystemAn educational software program designed to teach real life academic and workforce skillsInteractiveAge appropriatePre-tests, provides remediation, and post-testsKeeps data on individual students for educational decision making.Addresses diverse learning styles and literacy levelsThe Aztec Program is the starting point for all instruction used to prepare students for WorkKeys testing.
34 Series Aligned to WorkKeys Assessments This product helps our students build the fundamental competencies for certification through WorkKeysThe Aztec Program is the starting point for all instruction used to prepare students for WorkKeys testing.
35 To DateWWRC has tested 516 students since September 25, 2008!!436 WWRC students have earned a Career Readiness Certificate.85% Pass Rate!
36 Outcomes for WWRC Students 75% rehabilitation rate for WWRC students who have a Career Readiness certificate!!!26Do we have any field counselors in our audience?Could you explain what a code 26 is?
37 What does the Career Readiness Certification Process look like at WWRC?
38 The CRC process is available to our students in the Life Skills Transitional Program (LSTP) and Vocational Training Services.LSTP students typically work on the Aztec program for 2-6 weeks to prepare for testing with an additional week spent on paper and pencil prep. We try to keep our Vocational Training students prep time to about 4 weeks.Our vocational training students are typically a little bit more mature and their study skills are a little more advanced. We also want to minimize the time they spend outside their Vocational Training Program.
39 Further Remediation as needed Career Readiness Certification Each student’s achievement level is tested using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)Students utilize the Aztec Learning System to pre-test, remediate, and post-test work force related academic skills.Students are selected to sit for the WorkKeys test based upon TABE results, results from the Aztec pre-test and post-tests, performance on paper and pencil WorkKeys test preparation, and CRC Lab Coordinator’s observation of student focus and ability to perform independently within specified time frames.WorkKeys testFurther Remediation as neededRe-tested as neededCareer Readiness CertificationSome students will only need to take the WorkKeys test one time. Some students will re-take one test subject to increase their level of certification.
40 WWRC has recently added additional resources to give our students additional preparation and confidence in taking WorkKeys tests (paper and pencil prep)
71 People who possess varying disabilities can be successful in earning a Career Readiness Certificate.
72 CRC Outcomes by Disability Category 93%92%84%77%47%Pass rate for each disability category
73 Why are students with disabilities successful in earning a CRC?
74 We are assisting our students in being more successful by… Computer Based Testing Model - our students are of the technology generation – they are not as efficient with taking paper and pencil testing as they are with computer based testing.Most students attending/graduating from HS have SOL testing experience via computer.Efficient Test Preparation - the students test prep consists of Aztec Software for approximately six weeks, and then paper and pencil prep for the last 1-2 weeks.Instant Reporting - through using a computer based testing model we are able to access instant reports for our students and immediately begin remediation work based upon the scored report and the student’s immediate self evaluation on what things were most difficult for them.
75 Accommodations…Cannot accommodate reading the test aloud with the computer based model. But, can provide an extended time accommodation for testing with computer based testing.Although we primarily use computer based testing, we can and will use paper and pencil testing if needed to accommodate for individual student need.Read Aloud Accommodation may be helpful in math, but not in Reading for Information or Locating Information.
76 Test score improvement based upon data driven decision making!
77 Over the past 1 ½ years we have started analyzing the data we have collected… Utilizing testing data from WorkKeys since 2009 and merging that data with TABE testing results, we now know that approximately90% of the students who have successfully earned at least a Bronze Career Readiness Certificate had a 5th grade level equivalency in Reading on the TABE test.Flesch Kincaid Reading Level analysis on the sample questions we examined in today’s testing experience indicated that the testing question content was at a mid 6th grade reading level. This is based upon questions taken from our Workplace Skills Career Readiness Preparation Resources, not analysis of WorkKeys testing questions.We have objective data to help us make decisions about testing through standardized results, but we still take into consideration post test result from Aztec, utilization of time, the need for accommodations, and students level of focus under stringent testing conditions.
78 Testing Sequence….Reading for Information –this is the test that our student demonstrated the most success with. (33 questions/55 minutes)Locating Information – we give this as the second test because it is the test our students experienced the least success with. (38 questions/55 minutes)Applied Math- we give this last because it appeared to be the 2nd most difficult test for our students. (33 questions/55 minutes)
79 Things to Ponder…You can adjust your remediation and testing practices by the time you have available with your students. You might want to think about instructing for each content area, then follow up with testing in each content area.We are limited to 6-7 week test prep and testing time frame. So, we need to do preparation and testing on 3 content areas at a time to allow for re-testing while the student is at WWRC.
80 What do our students have to say about earning a Career Readiness Certificate?