Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Save The Date . . . OKCRC Annual Conference

OKCRC Annual Conference
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Francis Tuttle Reno Campus, 7301 W. Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City

Registration will begin in May. 

Conference sessions will include:
ACT WorkKeys NCRC 2.0
ACT WorkKeys Assessments 2.0--Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, Workplace Documents
ACT WorkKeys Curriculum
ACT TAO Testing Platform
WorkKeys Paper and Pencil Updates

Thursday, February 2, 2017

OKCRC Statewide Database Enhancement

OKCRC Technology Center Site Admins,

The High School Admin report enhancement to include data search parameters is complete. Check it out today!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Quantifying Skills Required by Capital Investors

Check out this interview with Debra Lyons, Principal Strategist, Workforce Engagement, ACT

A Tough ACT to Follow

Thursday, January 26, 2017

ACT Announces Timeline for Changes to WorkKeys Assessments and NCRC


ACT is excited to announce great changes coming to ACT WorkKeys Assessments! To that end, we’ve created a quick-reference timeline to help you better understand and plan for the upcoming changes to the program.
                                         

Committed to serving your needs
ACT is steadfastly committed to the workforce market and to our mission to help people achieve workplace success. We are honoring this commitment by making significant investments in our WorkKeys program, including important updates to our WorkKeys NCRC assessments and credential, which you can learn more about below.
 
Our teams are working diligently to make new and updated products available starting in June 2017. We look forward to supporting our customers through transition to the new products throughout the Summer and early Fall of 2017.

Keeping you updated and informed
To better support planning and execution of these transitions, we want to ensure that all customers have the information they need available at a glance. To that end, we have created a news and resource site for you to seek answers to common questions, receive announcements, and register for a number of upcoming free ACT WorkKeys webinars.

act.org/workkeysnews
 
Please bookmark this link and refer to it often as it will be updated over the coming months with more detailed information on these updates and how they will affect you.

What’s changing
The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate assessments and credential will be updated to ensure ongoing relevance and alignment to the changing skill requirements of today’s jobs. The updated assessments will be delivered on a new modernized delivery platform that offers improved stability, security and a better user experience.


Available starting June 2017:
ACT WorkKeys NCRC Assessments
  • ACT WorkKeys Applied Math (formerly Applied Mathematics)
  • ACT WorkKeys Graphic Literacy (formerly Locating Information)
  • ACT WorkKeys Workplace Documents (formerly Reading for Information)
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (WorkKeys NCRC)

What’s the same
The updated assessments will continue to measure the same core set of broadly relevant career readiness skills that have historically been measured by the NCRC assessments. The updated credential will continue to be a reliable signal of career readiness, trusted by job seekers, employers, and educators around the globe.

Thank you for being a valued ACT customer!

Sincerely,
Paul Weeks
Senior Vice President, Client Relations

Contact us with questions
800.967.5539 or workkeys@act.org

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ACT WorkKeys: Validus System Enhancements

As a result of the Career Credentialing National Consortium requests to ACT staff, the following enhancements have been made in the ACT WorkKeys Validus System.



To: ACT WorkKeys Test Coordinators
Subject: ACT WorkKeys: Validus System Enhancements
 
ACT recently implemented two Validus® system enhancements. This ACT WorkKeys® notice contains information about two new features in Group Management:
·         new search feature
·         new summary report
New Search Feature
Under the Group Management navigation menu, there is a new search feature available. This gives you the capability to search a Validus realm for an examinee’s registration record that you want to add to an existing group.
 
You can use this feature to search for an examinee that was not previously added through the initial creation of a group or through the Batch Load feature. You may use one or any combination of the criteria below to search for the examinee’s record.
·         First Name
·         Last Name
·         User ID
·         Examinee ID
·         Email
·         Date of Birth
How to Use This Search Feature
To access and use this new search function, take the following steps:
 
1.     Select the Group Management navigation menu on the left side of the screen.
2.     Use the Search Criteria to search for the group you are interested in adding a user (examinee) to.
3.     From the results, Select your group.
4.     Select the Edit button. Three tabs appear, Group, Users, and Subgroups.
5.     Select the Users tab. Current users assigned to this group will be displayed.
6.     Select the Add button.
Note: The new Search Criteria screen appears displaying the five fields listed above. So rather than paging through multiple pages of users, you may now use the Search Criteria to locate the specific user(s) you need to add to this group.
7.     Enter your Search Criteria (e.g., Last Name of Brown) and then select the Search button.
8.     From the list of results, select one or more applicable users and then select the Add button.
Note: The users should now be successfully added to your group.
New Summary Report
Another new option under Group Management is a Summary Report. This is a report for your group of each examinee’s test scores for the Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information tests that they have completed. Each page will report on a different examinee within the group listing the ACT WorkKeys tests completed with the scores he or she achieved, unless the scores take more than one page.
 
Note: The report can only be generated based on the selection of one group at a time.
How to Create a Summary Report
To access this new report option and create a summary report for your group, take the following steps:
1.     Select the Group Management navigation menu on the left side of the screen.
2.     Use the Search Criteria to search for the group, for which you are interested in generating a report.
3.     From the results, Select your group.
4.     Next to the Edit button is a field that displays “More actions.” Select the dropdown and choose Summary Report.
Note: The resulting report will be viewed in PDF format. The top of each page displays the examinee’s name, examinee’s ID, your group realm, and the report date, followed by the examinee’s completed tests and score results as well as an explanation of what the scores mean.
5.     To close the report, after viewing and/or printing it, you’ll need to use your browser’s Back navigation arrow to return to the Group Management screen.
Caution: If you should close the report window by using your browser’s Close Tab function, it will automatically close your Validus session as well.
Contacting Us
If you have questions or comments, please contact ACT WorkKeys Customer Service at 800.967.5539 or workkeys@act.org.
Thank you,
The ACT WorkKeys Team

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Check out Tulsa Tech's PATH Career Ready Program

Tulsa Tech's new career readiness model, PATH, has been implemented on each campus and we have had a great response! We have 1,085 students that are currently pursuing the PATH distinction. These students are from a variety of programs from across the district and they have committed to going above and beyond what is required of them.

Local employers and industry partners have expressed the need for employees that possess not only good technical skills but also good soft skills. The PATH distinction is one way that students can show potential employers they are well-rounded in both areas.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

OKCRC Conference Presentations

Go to okworkkeys.org, click on Resources and you will see the OKCRC Conference presentations.  If you do not find the presentation you are wanting, please email Susan Kuzmic.