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STLCC to Become Regional WorkKeys Service Center

March 16, 2011

Beginning in April, St. Louis Community College will become the regional coordinator of the ACT WorkKeys national job skills assessment system previously operated by the Regional Center for Education and Work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The WorkKeys Service Center will be operated by the Workforce and Community Development division of St. Louis Community College, and will be located at the college’s Cosand Center, 300 S. Broadway, until the new STLCC Corporate Center formally opens this fall.  

WorkKeys, a national workforce development assessment system, is designed to document and improve workplace skills. WorkKeys has been developed by ACT, an international leader in educational assessment and workforce development services and is best known for the ACT college entrance exam.  It measures “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success for any occupation-skilled or professional and at any level of education.  These skills include the areas of communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills.

In its role of WorkKeys Service Center, STLCC will offer two primary services: job profiling and skills assessment. WorkKeys job profiling offers a concrete way for organizations to analyze the skills needed for specific jobs and align them with skill levels measured by the WorkKeys assessment. The WorkKeys assessment measures an individual’s performance against the skill levels identified through the job profile to attain a best fit for employment or career development. 

Over the past decade, ACT has completed job profiles for thousands of jobs and administered millions of WorkKeys assessments. The system is used by thousands of companies and schools across the United States and internationally. WorkKeys links education and workforce partners within a community, offering a common language to help them communicate about job skill needed to develop employees and build a better work force.

The STLCC WorkKeys Service Center will provide on-site consultation and assessment services to companies to help with screening, selection, training/development and succession planning. In addition, center will include a WorkKeys testing lab where companies and individuals may complete the fee- and computer-based assessments.

This announcement coincides with the Missouri National Career Readiness Summit to be held Thursday, March 17, in Jefferson City, Mo. The summit, hosted by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, launches a statewide effort to document and improve the career readiness of Missouri citizens using the WorkKeys system.

For more information about STLCC’s WorkKeys Service Center, contact Steve Long, director of workforce and community development, at 314-539-5311 or slong@stlcc.edu.