The WorkReadyNH program at River Valley Community College participated in the 14th Allwin Community Outreach Day on Wednesday, August 28th at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Tuck’s Center for Business & Society organizes this day for the entering class of MBA students to connect with the issues at the intersection of business interests and society’s need as well as the people and organizations involved. The student’s first experience starts locally and introduces them to their new home, the Upper Valley and gives them direct knowledge about social needs, the ways that organizations meet those needs and demonstrates the value that individuals with business knowledge can provide.
WorkReadyNH at River Valley Community College in Claremont and Keene provides 60 hours of soft skills training for professional development that includes communication, conflict resolution and problem solving skills. Participants are assessed and certified in workplace reading, math and critical thinking skills through ACT’s WorkKeys exam, where those who pass receive the National Career Readiness Certificate. Graduates of the program increase their knowledge and practical skill levels at no cost to them and employers who interview employees who possess the WorkReadyNH certificate know that they have the skills that employers want most.
A challenge that the WorkReadyNH program has had has been to get the word out about the value of the program to NH residents who may want to take the course and to employers who may want to interview graduates. Although it has been in existence for almost two years, it is still relatively unknown. That is where the Tuck students came in. They offered a fresh perspective and practical and creative marketing strategies to WorkReadyNH Program Director Martha Mott. Mott said, “The students were vibrant and intelligent with strong communication and teamwork skills. Working with them was a meaningful experience and their ideas will help communicate the value of the WorkReadyNH program to NH citizens.”
Dr. Harvey-Smith, the new president of River Valley Community College believes “these types of institutional partnerships are valuable to strategically repositioning River Valley Community College to better serve the region.” She stated that “WorkReadyNH is an excellent example of responding to the needs of employers.”