Be READY is a workplace readiness training program to assist individuals in Payne County who have been displaced due to recent economic changes because of COVID-19. Real-life Education And Development for You. Be ready for your next job opportunity by sharpening your skills and earning nationally-recognized certifications. Set the foundation for your next career and job interview. Courses are self-paced, online curriculum and accessible to fit into your schedule.
National Career Readiness Certificate by ACT
OSHA10 Certification (General Industry or Construction)
Medic First Aid/CPR Certification
Professional Skills Certification
Job Search and Interview Preparation
Professional Skills Certification: Professional skills are often referred to as “soft skills” (or social/emotional learning, emotional intelligence, etc.) and are quickly becoming the new yardstick for measuring success, and with good reason. Research shows that these soft skills account for as much as 85% of an individual’s success, whereas traditional “hard skills” (academics, corporate job training, IQ, etc.) only account for 15%. Employers have placed a premium on employees’ ability to communicate, to think critically and solve difficult problems, to learn new skills, to lead others, to function independently, to work as part of a team to accomplish a common goal, and to accept and thrive with constant change. This can be accomplished with soft skills training. In a digital world where technology allows people to be more closely linked than ever before, professional skills are the traits that allow us to reach out and connect with others and be our best selves. Much like emotional intelligence, which is the capacity to express our own emotions and respond to the emotions of those around us, soft skills drive and define personal skills and interpersonal growth. Some professional skills examples include having a positive attitude, effective time management, and empathy. They are more fluid rather than concrete, and are transferable to a variety of settings, including the workplace.
Course is comprised of 8 modules - 20 hours
Attitude: This is where it all starts—attitude. The ability to respond to guidance, to control your emotions, and to keep your focus is so important in today’s workplace. The importance of a positive attitude cannot be overlooked.
Communication: Communication skills are something we often take for granted, but lack of communication is one of the biggest reasons teams and projects fail. It’s important to know what to say and how to say it to get your point across.
Planning & Organizing: Major accomplishments don’t just happen. They require careful planning to make sure nothing is overlooked and mistakes aren’t made. Prioritization, time management, and system creation skills are important.
Critical Thinking: Now more than ever before, the ability to think critically about a problem and identify a solution is extremely important. Employers are looking for people who can think “outside the box” and solve complex problems.
Interpersonal Skills: Interpersonal skills, like empathy for customer service, and responding to conflict, are extremely important in any people-based service business. You need to know how to present yourself in an acceptable manner.
Teamwork: Many people think of sports when they think of teamwork, but the truth is teamwork is just as important in the workplace as it is on any sports field. You need to know how to work with others to achieve a common goal.
Professionalism: Most businesses hold their employees to high standards of professionalism, and it’s up to each employee to know and live up to those standards. “I didn’t know” is not an acceptable excuse.
Media Rules: Technology has made it easy to communicate, but there are right and and wrong ways to do this in the workplace. You need to make sure to respect technology-based guidelines and restrictions in the workplace.
ACT National Career Ready Certificate (NCRC) -15 hours including test time
The WorkKeys NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school or through post secondary paths, because it is a valid and reliable predictor of job performance. ACT® WorkKeys® Curriculum helps build the essential career-relevant skills needed for learning, personal development and effective job performance and prepares students for the Workkeys Assessments.
WorkKeys Assessments consist of:
• Applied Math measures the ability to apply mathematic principles to problems encountered in the workplace
• Graphic Literacy measures the ability to find, analyze and apply information presented in workplace graphics
• Workplace Documents measures the ability to understand and apply written information presented in the workplace
Successful completion of the Workkeys Assessment leads to earning a nationally recognized certificate at the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level.
OSHA 10 General Industry - 10 hours
OSHA training is necessary for a safe and healthy work environment. Students taking this course have jobs related to health care, electrical, factory, warehouse, manufacturing, storage and more. Most workers in these industries will need to take OSHA 10-hour training as a baseline for being able to identify, predict, avoid, prevent and abate hazards in their workplaces. This fully narrated and interactive 10-hour training also provides information regarding worker's rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a safety-related complaint. After completion of this course, the student will receive an official OSHA 10 Hour Card (DOL Card) and an official OSHA Training Institute Education Center Certificate of Completion.
OSHA 10 Construction - 10 hours
OSHA training is necessary for a safe and healthy work environment, and for certain states it is a requirement before work can begin. States that have recently made OSHA training a requirement for certain construction work contracts are: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. Our online OSHA training teaches safety awareness and helps each worker recognize and reduce the risks of job site hazards. This fully narrated and interactive training is intended as an orientation to OSHA standards and covers safety and health hazards workers may face on construction work sites. Our 10-hour course places special emphasis on hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention. After completion of this course, the student will receive an official OSHA 10 Hour Card (DOL Card) and an official OSHA Training Institute Education Center Certificate of Completion.
MEDIC First Aid BasicPlus - CPR, AED and First Aid for Adults - 8 hours
MEDIC First Aid® BasicPlus is a combined adult CPR, AED and first aid training program designed specifically for the occupational first aid provider. This flexible program meets OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work. This course is a blend of online, self-paced curriculum with in-person skills and written evaluations. Student must successfully complete both evaluations to earn the two-year industry-recognized certification.
Job Search and Interviewing Skills - 10 hours
Helping students find and successfully secure employment is the ultimate goal of the Be READY program. The Job Search and Interviewing Skills course prepares job seekers through a series of modules from basic job search techniques, resume development, and skills to help prepare and practice for an interview. Course includes a mock interview with feedback to help sharpen interview skills.
Course is comprised of 6 modules
Job Search: This module is about finding a job. The session will help students discover things like: know what type of job you want, know what type of job you're qualified for, how to begin looking, and more.
Resumes: Student will learn about resumes that get the job. The program includes: Resume Overview, Resume Format and an opportunity for your resume to be reviewed.
Job Applications: This session covers the basics for applying for a job.
Preparing For an Interview: There are basics on how to prepare for an interview. This module will take students through the steps to properly prepare to meet with employers and interview.
Interviewing: This session provides information on the basics of how to properly conduct yourself in an interview. As part of this module, students will utilize a software program to practice interviewing and receive feedback on the strengths of their interview along with areas for improvement.
After The Interview: This module teaches the proper post-interview things to do. These items are often overlooked and when done can help a candidate stand out to an employer.
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