National Career Readiness Certificate
A portable credential based upon the WorkKeys® assessments that to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st-century jobs.
The National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is a portable credential that confirms to employers that an individual possesses basic workplace skills in reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information. Even if a job seeker has a GED, high school diploma or post-secondary degree, the National CRC further verifies that he/she can handle skills required for 21st-century jobs. To date, the National CRC program has qualified more than 59,000 high-skilled positions.
Benefits to Employers:
- Reduces turnover, overtime, and waste while increasing morale
- Takes the guesswork out of selection decisions
- Improves the effectiveness of training dollars
- Meets Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requirements
- To learn more about the National Career Readiness Certificate program, visit dws.arkansas.gov.
The Modern Workplace Program
Created to facilitate the connection and communication between educators and industry representatives.
The Modern Workplace program was created to facilitate the connection and communication between educators and industry representatives in an effort to create an educational environment that allows our emerging workforce to lead productive lives and satisfy the needs of Arkansas businesses.
Objectives of the program are to:
- Connect educators with local/regional employers to gain familiarity with local products and processes utilized in the workplace.
- Link employers with the local/regional school system to foster ongoing relationships with educators.
- Provide educators with local/regional business context they can use to supplement current teaching curriculum.
- Familiarize educators with career opportunities in local industry and the skills needed to be successful.
Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence
Provides training and consultation and administers the Governor's Quality Award Program. Any public or privately held organization of any size located in Arkansas may apply.
The Institute uses the seven categories of the Criteria for Performance Excellence as a guideline for training and application to the Governor's Quality Award. They are:
- Strategic Planning
- Workforce Focus
- Customer Focus
- Knowledge Management
- Process Management
Consultants can also assist organizations not applying for in performing self-assessments using the Criteria for Performance Excellence. More information can be found at arkansas-quality.org.
The program utilizes the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria
Annual training seminars are conducted regionally to assist companies with quality improvement systems
AEDC and Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award System has developed a partnership to utilize Baldrige National Quality Award criteria to engage Arkansas Companies in a TQM system
50% of AEDC’s Existing Business Resource division has completed Quality Examination training and have been involved in GQA examinations
The program partners with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions to provide additional professional development and quality process improvement training to organizations across the state of Arkansas.