Isothermal Community College

Continuing Education

NC Career Readiness Certification

Students sitting around deskThe Career Readiness Certification is a new statewide system of defining an individual’s workplace readiness skills. Using ACT Inc.’s WorkKeys assessment system, a business or industry can readily see a job seeker’s skills as they relate to specific positions within the company.

The Career Readiness Certificate is an additional credential that can be placed on a resume to show training beyond a high school diploma or post-secondary education. It defines portable skills and shows when an individual has the entry-level skills necessary to be trained in specific positions. WorkKeys can be taken at:

Isothermal Community College
286 ICC Loop Rd.Spindale, NC 28160
Student Services Room 12
828- 395-1606

Rutherford Co. JobLink/ESC
139 E. Trade St.Forest City, NC 28043


In order to qualify for the Career Readiness Certificates, assessments must be taken in:

  • Reading for Information
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Locating Information

Certificates will be awarded after assessments are completed and goal levels in all three subject areas have been reached/

Business / Industry

ACT Inc. job profiling provides a legally defensible mechanism to define what skills are necessary to be successful in a company’s specific job position. Job profiling involves using current employees to determine what skills are used in the job on a  daily basis.

Business and industry can also use the  WorkKeys assessment system and the Career Readiness Certification for training and development for current employees. Employers using the system have stated that employees who have basic workplace skills are more efficient on the job and more satisfied with their work. The system has the ability to create:

  • Reduced turnover
  • Increased production
  • Defined labor skills
  • A well-trained workforce


Isothermal Community College and the Rutherford Co. JobLink/ESC offer training for ACT WorkKeys assessments through KeyTrain. KeyTrain is a direct complement to the WorkKeys assessments.

Operating on the campus of Isothermal Community College, KeyTrain offers a self-paced, open computer environment to begin the development of WorkKeys skills. The software program provides pre– and post-testing to assure a student is ready for WorkKeys assessments. Instructors are on-site to assist students.

Isothermal can partner with business and industry to provide on-site KeyTrain laboratories that operate through an Internet server. This allows employees to work with KeyTrain wherever there is an Internet connection available, as well as in their normal work environment.

KeyTrain/WorkKeys Lab Hours 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Thursday  5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Student Center - SCTR Room 12 (old PED Classroom)

Testing for Career Readiness Certification

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at 8:45 a.m. and on every 4th Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m.
Location:  The Foundation/Hickory Room

Contact: Doris Crute, HRD Coordinatorfor any questions you may have (828) 395-1606

To learn more about how KeyTrain and WorkKeys can benefit your organization, please contact us. We look forward to speaking with you!


Doris Crute
HRD Program Coordinator
Isothermal Community College

Mike Saunders
Industrial Training Specialist
Isothermal Community College

Sandra Miller-Camp
Rutherford Co. JobLink/ESC
ES Manager II

For additional information about the North Carolina Career Readiness Certification Program and the benefits your organization may experience, visit