Tool helps students prepare for workplace success

By Laura Devaney
November 5th, 2015

Digital course helps high schoolers develop critical skills they’ll need for workplace success

workplace-successHobsons, which focuses on college and career readiness, admissions, and student success, has launched a new digital course designed to help high school students develop critical skills necessary for entry-level jobs, and prepare for the ACT WorkKeys®.

As the number of U.S. high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education declines, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many high school graduates are now moving directly into the workforce, either instead of going to college or as a means to save up for their postsecondary education.

Every year, millions of students take the ACT WorkKeys® career-readiness assessment, which is used by thousands of employers to determine if potential hires have the skills necessary to succeed. Students who complete the assessment are also eligible to earn a National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC).

The Naviance Test Prep WorkKeys® course is integrated into the Naviance platform, which enables students to access all of their college and career planning resources in one place. Through the platform, school counselors and administrators can also report on the progress of college readiness efforts and deliver individualized guidance and instruction to each student. Naviance is used by more than 7 million students, including in 27 major urban districts like Houston, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Broward County, Florida.

“At Hobsons, we are committed to ensuring that all students are able to pursue their goals, whether that involves college immediately after high school, a full-time career, or employment to support college goals,” said Stephen M. Smith, president of advising and admissions solutions for Hobsons. “With this new course integrated into our college and career planning platform, students can more easily connect their learning to the critical work-readiness concepts they’ll need to succeed on Day 1 of the job.”

The WorkKeys® course is a game-based test prep course that includes lessons, practice questions, and two full-length tests to help students prepare for their immediate future after high school. The course specifically helps students develop skills in subjects such as applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information, which are the three measures tested for the NCRC.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura