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PCC participates in new Oregon career certificate

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PCC student Aaron Hoyt accepts his Career Readiness Certificate from Gov. Ted Kulongoski. (photo by Dana Haynes)

Guv. Ted Kulongoski last week signed the first-ever Oregon Career Readiness Certificate.

And PCC student Aaron Hoyt was there to accept it.

The new employee-credentialing program gives employers a way to identify job applicants with the most potential. The program is coordinated through the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

To earn the credential, a jobseeker must take three assessments: reading for information; applied mathematics; and locating information.

Upon receiving the certificate, job applicants can show potential employers, at a glance, that they have the skills necessary for more than 85 percent of all jobs today.

Oregon employers already using the Oregon Career Readiness Certificates include Allann Bros. Coffee Co., Comfort Suites, Pennington Seed Inc., and Linn County Federal Credit Union.

About Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes, joined PCC in 2007 as the manager of the Office of Public Affairs, directing the college's media and government relations. Haynes spent the previous 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor for Oregon newspapers, including ... more »