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The effective performance of any job requires certain skill levels. Individuals who are already in the workforce often need additional training to keep pace with the ever-changing workplace requirements. Many prospective employees have inadequate skills, while employers are facing an aging and shrinking workforce pool.

Jefferson State's Center for Workforce Development combines its rich tradition of quality instruction with the ACT Work Keys program to help employers bridge the gap between the skills required by the job and the skills possessed by the workforce. Jefferson State and Work Keys can assist companies with selecting the most qualified applicants, help keep hiring and training costs as low as possible, and improve worker productivity which results in a better bottom line.

The Work Keys assessment component, used in tandem with innovative classroom curricula, can provide a powerful one-two punch of analysis and prescriptive instructional intervention to develop workplace skills in students. Secondary schools and post-secondary institutions can use the Work Keys Targets for Instruction to supplement or reinforce existing curriculum, connecting that curriculum more directly to the demands of the workplace.