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 DoyleBeth 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.
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Lynette LivingstonLynette Livingston is an Executive Dean over Business, Arts, Sciences and Academic Initiatives at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
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Julie GibsonJulie Gibson joined the ACT Client Relations team in December, 2016, and serves as the Director of Workforce Partnership Initiatives.
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Lakisha BatesLakisha Bates joined ACT in 2017 as a Program Manager for Research Strategies and Services.
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Mary LeFebvreMary LeFebvre is a Principal Research Scientist for ACT Policy.
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