How Credit for the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Can Promote Persistence
Many institutions grant incoming students with college credit for knowledge or skills acquired outside of the classroom. Not only does Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) help students reach their academic goals quickly, but PLA can also be indicative of student’s ability beyond the classroom.
Through research at ACT, we have learned that students who earn credit through prior learning assessment (PLA) persist to graduation at a greater rate than those who do not earn credit. Did you know that the American Council on Education recommends college credit for levels of the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®)?
Watch this webinar to:
- Explore the benefits of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
- Make connections between NCRC levels and postsecondary performance
- Examine ways to award credit for the NCRC
Ready to take the next step?
We’re ready to help you determine how ACT® Workforce Solutions can benefit your institution. Fill out the form to have a conversation with ACT about implementing the NCRC into your PLA program.
Beth Doyle is the Vice President of Higher Education Services, a division of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a nonprofit focused on helping adults
succeed in higher education.
Beth oversees CAEL academic and consulting staff to ensure high quality delivery of training and online courses, compassionate student support, and rigorous assessment of learning.
Previously, Beth was the Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications at CAEL.
Beth earned her bachelor’s degree as a returning adult student at the School for New Learning at DePaul University.
She also has a certificate in advertising design from the College of DuPage and completed the Executive Development Program at Michigan State University.
She is currently pursuing her Ed.D at Fielding Graduate University.
Lynette Livingston is an Executive Dean over Business, Arts, Sciences and Academic Initiatives at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire,
In addition to overseeing academic degree programs, Lynette is a member of the Persistence and Completion Leadership team at the college, and leads Eau Claire County’s ACT Work Ready Community steering committee—the first in Wisconsin!
Additionally, she is also active in Chamber committees and Economic Development Critical Talent Committee efforts.
Lynette holds a doctorate degree in Career and Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she conducted her research, “Determining the
Usefulness of the WorkKeys Assessment for Advancing Wisconsin’s Collaborative Career Readiness Effort.” Lynette holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in
Prior to working in higher education, Lynette spent 20 years working in K-12 education as a teacher and administrator, including charter school education.
Livingston is also a certified SMART Goal instructor and coach and member of Wisconsin’s ACT State Organization Council.View more
Julie Gibson joined the ACT Client Relations team in December, 2016, and serves as the Director of Workforce Partnership Initiatives.
In her role at ACT, Julie partners with national workforce development organizations, customer user groups, and leads the planning for the annual ACT Workforce Summit.
Prior to joining ACT, Julie spent 20 years in the public sector, in state and federal government.
She has served in executive leadership positions in workforce development, economic development and human services, and has extensive knowledge of employment and training policy and programs.
Lakisha Bates joined ACT in 2017 as a Program Manager for Research Strategies and Services.
Bates supports validity and efficacy research through the development of collaborative partnerships.
Prior to ACT, Lakisha worked at the System Office of Lone Star College for 9 years.
Her roles included Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) management, Tech Prep coordination, curriculum development support, and SACSCOC compliance monitoring.
Lakisha also served as a consultant on the inaugural College Credit for Heroes grant and presented at a series of training events hosted by the PLA Portal Project.View more
Mary LeFebvre is a Principal Research Scientist for ACT Policy.
Her primary focus is researching national workforce policy issues, competency supply/demand analysis, program evaluation, and K-Career transitions.
Prior to joining ACT in 2010, Mary was the Workforce Research Manager at the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center within the Missouri Department of Economic Development where she provided occupational research, analysis of talent development systems, policy evaluation, and
coordination of public and private organizations for business retention research and planning.
Mary has an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Christopher Newport University and a BS in Psychology from Missouri State University.View more