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Oregon Bulletin

January 1, 2012

 

Department of Community Colleges
and Workforce Development
Chapter 589

Rule Caption: National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Program.

Adm. Order No.: DCCWD 3-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 12-9-2011

Certified to be Effective: 12-9-11

Notice Publication Date: 10-1-2011

Rules Amended: 589-007-0700

Subject: This rule amendments provides housekeeping only and does not change the intent of the original rule. On August 1, 2011, the agency submitted a technical rule request to the Secretary of State changing the rule title from Career Readiness Certificate Program to the National Career Readiness Certificate Program. This rule amendment corrects two program references and reorganizes the order of Participant’s Eligibility Criteria.

Rules Coordinator: Linda Hutchins—(503) 947-2456

589-007-0700

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Program

(1) The purpose of the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) program is to prepare Oregonians for the workplace and for college as a part of implementing an integrated workforce delivery system that focuses on developing the skills and talents of Oregonians.

(2) The NCRC in Oregon will provide individuals with documented, transportable, skills-based certificates. Employers will recognize the NCRC as a meaningful credential and will have confidence that certificate holders have the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.

(3) The Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) implements the statewide program for the National Career Readiness Certificate called for in Section 2, HB 2398, 2009 session.

(4) CCWD shall execute and oversee statewide implementation of the National Career Readiness Certificate. Implementation and administration of the NCRC must involve, at a minimum, developing and establishing policies and procedures for:

(a) Initial skills review assessments to identify participant’s skill levels;

(b) Targeted instruction and remedial skill-building for participants;

(c) Foundational skills assessments for participants;

(d) Training of staff to administer assessments based on established guidelines;

(e) Delivery site criteria and validation of these criteria;

(f) Quality assurance processes;

(g) Development of systems to collect, track and maintain data;

(h) Participant’s eligibility criteria:

(A) Must be a citizen or national of the United States, lawfully admitted permanent resident alien, refugee, asylee, or parolee, or other immigrant authorized by the Attorney General to work in the United States;

(B) Must be a resident of Oregon, Washington, or Idaho;

(C) Must comply with NCRC assessment-taking procedures and requirements as outlined in American College Testing (ACT) test coordinator manual and directions for administration.

(5) Services provided by the NCRC program shall include, but are not limited to:

(a) An assessment process that includes an initial skills review and a foundational skills assessment of examinees in reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information at a minimum;

(b) Targeted and accelerated instruction and remedial skills training to increase foundational skills for participants as determined by the assessment process;

(c) Issuance of a National Career Readiness Certificate to any eligible individual who earns a minimum score of a 3 on each of the NCRC assessments for reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information:

(A) Certificates issued to examinees on successful completion of the assessments must describe the skills demonstrated by the examinee as evidence of the individual’s readiness for employment;

(B) Each of the NCRC assessments shall be scored on a scale of three to seven. The level of credential examinees receive is based on the following:

(i) A bronze-level certificate requires a minimum score of three or above on each of the assessments.

(ii) A silver-level certificate requires a minimum score of four or above on each of the assessments.

(iii) A gold-level certificate requires a minimum score of five or above on each of the assessments.

(iv) A platinum-level certificate requires a minimum score of six or above on each of the assessments.

(6) The results of the NCRC assessments must be used, at a minimum, to determine career readiness as determined by general skills requirements and job profiles; and to determine additional instructional needs for the participant in reading, locating information, and applied mathematics, or other, additional assessments needed or required.

(7) CCWD shall provide participants with the opportunity to agree to opt out of the NCRC database by informing the Agency in writing, by mail, and with examinee’s signature that he or she wants to opt out of the database.

(8) CCWD shall conduct periodic studies of the assessments used in Oregon to document Essential Skill for high school graduation to compare their effectiveness in preparing graduates for successful transition to post-secondary education and the workplace.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 660.318 & 660.330 - 660.339

Stats. Implemented:

Hist.: DCCWD 2-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-15-09 thru 1-8-10; DCCWD 6-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-09; DCCWD 3-2011, f. & cert. ef; 12-9-11

 

Rule Caption: Oregon On-the-Job training Program.

Adm. Order No.: DCCWD 4-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 12-9-2011

Certified to be Effective: 12-9-11

Notice Publication Date: 10-1-2011

Rules Adopted: 589-007-0800

Subject: Senate Bill 5508 (section 31), passed in the 2011 legislative session, directs the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce development to fund and implement the Oregon On-the-Job training Program and to further fund the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Program. These programs support the governor’s workforce agenda by providing solutions to workplace training, retention and advancement for Oregonians.

Rules Coordinator: Linda Hutchins—(503) 947-2456

589-007-0800

Oregon On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program

(1) The purpose of the Oregon On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program is to support the Governor’s Workforce agenda by providing OJT and the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) as solutions relating to employee hiring, training, and retention as defined by SB 5508.

(2) The Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) determines the statewide implementation and operation of the OJT Program in Oregon.

(3) The OJT Program in Oregon shall involve at a minimum:

(a) Cost-effective solutions to the issues of employee hiring, training, and retention;

(b) Utilization of public and private resources;

(c) Certification of career readiness skills for participants as defined by the National Career Readiness Certificate;

(d) Employer provided, job-specific training for Oregonians newly hired under this program;

(e) A process to identify appropriate companies and job seekers to participate in the programs;

(f) A process by which monies may be appropriated and allocated to the local workforce investment boards to support projects identified by local workforce investment areas;

(g) Employer reimbursement schedules will follow local policies.

(4) Tracking and reporting to CCWD the outcomes of the Oregon On-the-Job Training Program in the local workforce investment area shall include, but are not limited to:

(a) The number of employers participating in the program;

(b) The number of employees completing training;

(c) The number of employees retained after completing training;

(d) Types of jobs filled by occupational codes;

(e) Characteristics of the unemployed being placed into OJTs;

(f) The number of participants that earn National Career Readiness Certificates;

(g) Signed NCRC letters of commitment from OJT employers to “prefer” job candidates that have an NCRC.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 660.300 - 660.364

Stats. Implemented:

Hist.: DCCWD 2-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-29-11 thru 1-25-12; DCCWD 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-9-11

Notes
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