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Northeast State to give credit to career-ready students

Rick Wagner • Dec 12, 2019 at 1:40 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Northeast State Community College soon is to begin offering additional college credit to students seeking certain vocational concentrations and holding a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

NSCC President Bethany Flora announced the plan during a First Tennessee Development District news conference Wednesday.

In addition, Hancock County announced at the event that it has achieved work-ready certification by ACT Inc., making it the 16th county in Tennessee with that distinction for economic development. Others in the region with work-ready certification include Hawkins and Sullivan counties, while Carter, Washington and Unicoi are among those seeking that status. Hawkins County was recognized for its workforce development efforts this fall.

HOW MANY CREDIT HOURS FOR WORK-READY STUDENTS?

Flora announced the college would begin giving three college credit hours to NCRC holders. Students working toward an industrial technologies associate’s of applied science degree or embedded certificate will quality for this opportunity, she said at the news conference.

Areas of concentration include advanced manufacturing, auto body, automotive, chemical process operations, engineering design, machine tool, mechanical and welding. The process for awarding credit is in place for the spring semester beginning in January. This is one more way that college is becoming more affordable in Tennessee and supporting businesses in Northeast Tennessee, said Flora and Lottie Ryans, director of workforce and literacy initiatives for the district.

WHAT ABOUT HANCOCK COUNTY?

Also at the news conference on workforce development, Hancock County Mayor Tom Harrison announced his county has achieved work-ready certification status by ACT Inc., joining 15 other counties in Tennessee to achieve this economic development distinction.

Ryans said only 10 percent of the counties and parishes in the United States have earned this status. Counties work with business and education to ensure students and residents have an opportunity to earn the NCRC, which Ryans said is foundational to the work-ready certification.

Hancock County achieved its goals in the areas of emerging (students), transitional (unemployed) and current workers who have taken the WorkKeys test to achieve the NCRC. Also, the goal for the number of businesses supporting work ready was met. Site selectors are looking for a qualified workforce as they decide where to locate businesses. Existing businesses are looking to hire the best employees. The NCRC helps with both, Ryans said.

For more information, Ryans can be reached at [email protected]

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