MMA continues to oppose HB 4162, legislation being considered by the House Committee on Education on 2/19/19 to eliminate the valuable WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) from high school diplomas.
MMA is again voicing opposition to legislative attempts to eliminate a valuable talent certificate endorsement designed to connect employers with skilled career candidates. The WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) provides a way for the K-12 system and the students themselves to communicate to employers that the students possess the skill sets needed by the employer.
House Bill 4162, introduced by Representative John Reilly, would eliminate the WorkKeys® NCRC endorsement from Michigan high school diplomas and increase the difficulty with which employers can locate the right students with the right skill sets.
“With an aging workforce and changes in technology, finding talent has become one of the primary barriers to competitiveness for a large industrial state like Michigan,” said Delaney McKinley, MMA senior director of government affairs and membership. “While great effort has been put forth to increase the quality of a high school diploma in Michigan, the WorkKeys® NCRC system communicates directly to employers in a way that helps students match their skill sets with the talent needs of employers.”
The WorkKeys® NCRC system, currently supported by hundreds of companies in Michigan, focuses on core competencies relevant to employers’ needs, including applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information. The system then sets score levels, including Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. These levels signify competency levels and communicate employability.
“Michigan’s education system ought to be responsive to the needs of employers in seeking qualified talent to hire and help companies compete effectively in the global economy,” said McKinley. “As a result, we would suggest enhancing the program rather than eliminating an effective tool for matching students with the right career opportunities.”
For more information, contact Delaney McKinley at 517-487-8530 or email@example.com.