WorkReadyNH helps people develop skills needed to get a job
DONNA PETTENGILL of New Boston, laid off last year from defense company Cobham, has found new employment in a higher classification at another defense company after earning a gold National Career Readiness Certificate at Manchester Community College. The WorkReadyNH program is cost-free and geared towards the unemployed, underemployed and veterans. (PAT GROSSMITH/UNION LEADER)
"I had low self-worth," she told the dozens of people gathered Tuesday at Manchester Community College for the annual WorkReadyNH Business Breakfast.
The program became her full-time job, so to speak, and at the end of it she earned her certificate with a gold ranking, one below the top Platinum which, so far, has been attained by only one of the 189 program graduates.
She said without that certificate, she never would have been hired by the another company in a higher classification than her prior job, or had the confidence to continue her education, enrolling in an associate degree in management program at the college.
"All Granite Staters, regardless of circumstance, should have the opportunity to hold a good job, work hard, raise a family and share in the high quality of life we enjoy in New Hampshire," she said. "When they do, they become empowered, and our state grows stronger. And WorkReadyNH is an important part of our efforts to help our people achieve the goal."
The program first assesses a participant's skills in applied math, reading for information and critical thinking. Based on test results, lessons are assigned online and are completed at the participant's pace.
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