act prepOWENSBORO, Ky. (3/20/13) – An important education and workforce credential test will be free to eligible Kentuckians on a first-come, first-served basis through June 15th or until funds are expended.

Testing to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is for veterans, persons with disabilities, and anyone who has been unemployed for more than 26 weeks. The assessments are sponsored by the Department of Workforce Investment, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

“If you’re looking for a job or need a better one, now’s the time to take advantage of this opportunity to earn one of the most acknowledged job skill certifications in the country,” said Michelle Drake, GRADD business services manager.

NCRC is a national certification that indicates work readiness by administering three WorkKeys assessments: applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information. These specific workplace skills are needed in 77 percent of all jobs profiled for WorkKeys testing.

The certificate allows business partners to increase productivity through turnover prevention and promotion selection. By using NCRC, employers can give their current and future workforce incentive to improve their skills to be eligible for more demanding and lucrative work.

Eligible individuals can obtain free NCRC testing through local One-Stop Career Centers. This offer is time and space limited, so those interested should schedule through one of the following testing locations before June 1st and should request a “free NCRC.”

Please call one of the centers listed below for testing dates and times:
 •Owensboro Career Center (121 East Second Street) – 270-685-0210
 •Henderson Career Center (2660 South Green Street) – 270-826-0427

NCRC is a division of ACT, the college-readiness test given in Kentucky and other states. For more information, please visit

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