Rogers Provides Insight on GAP and NCRC Programs at ILCC
Executive Director of Business and Community Relations, Jolene Rogers, recently described two key programs in Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Iowa Lakes Community College. Both GAP Certificates and National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) are top priorities.
“GAP funding has been one of the biggest initiatives this year,” said Rogers. “It’s a scholarship more or less for non-credit classes. Before in order to get financial aid, they always had to take credit classes. Now this is for adult continuing education classes and industry certifications. It’s going to be a big opportunity for people in the community.”
ILCC coordinators have worked closely with business and industry in the area to align curriculum with the skills needed to successfully contribute to industry growth and quality services. The state legislature will supply individuals meeting income guidelines with free training in targeted programs.
“Our most popular GAP programs are welding, CNA and CDL for transportation,” said Rogers.
National Career Readiness Certification is a program used by employers to match skill levels with job openings. The NCRC consists of a series of four tests that focus on math, reading for information and sources of information. Those tests can be taken at any of the success centers for free.
ILCC partners with employers who have difficulty retaining employees, by reviewing job descriptions and aligning the position with skill requirements to increase retention and job satisfaction by getting the right person for their organization.
“It sort of takes the temperature of your current skill level,” said Rogers. “We want to make sure we get workers in the right jobs.”