WorkKeys, he said, is being incorporated into education programs the Impact Center already operates. A class of students working on the five-month-long program to earn credentials as Certified Nursing Assistants just graduated; another is set to begin in mid-August.
The length of that class is important for several reasons, Dixon said. First, it gives instructors time to learn each student's strengths and weaknesses, and also gauge their dedication and seriousness about advancing in a career. Teaching life skills such as arriving on time and dressing appropriately for the the workplace, complements skills training.
"It's a great program for people to advance themselves," said Rob Sparks, executive director of the the Madison County Corporation for Economic Development.
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