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N.H. job training program extended

By Union Leader Staff
July 04. 2013 7:53PM

CONCORD — The WorkReadyNH program, which provides job readiness certification through the Community College System of New Hampshire, has been approved for an additional two years by the governor and Executive Council.

The program is a partnership among community colleges, the Department of Resources and Economic Development and the Department of Employment Security established in 2011 to help job-seekers and career-builders obtain certification of workplace skills.

“WorkReadyNH helps people who are seeking employment, who may have been out of the workforce for a period of time, and could benefit from strengthening and updating their workplace skills,” said Beth Doiron, who oversees the program for the community college system, in a news release.

“Participants tell us the program not only helped them build their skills but also their confidence to apply for jobs, interview, present themselves to potential employers and enter a new work environment. The program sets them apart from other job-seekers.”

The program includes online self-paced instruction and assessment in the areas of applied math; comprehension of work-related materials from memos and technical writing to policy manuals and governmental regulations; and working with materials such as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs and charts.

Completion earns participants a national career-readiness certificate, recognized by industry and employers across the country.

WorkReadyNH is funded through the N.H. Job Training Fund and is offered at no cost to New Hampshire residents, 18 or older who are not full-time students.

This year the program will be extended to all seven of the state’s community colleges, including the new Advanced Technology & Academic Center in Rochester, Nashua Community College and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, with plans to open a program at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord starting this fall.

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