A common language and common measure for the South Carolina workforce.

Learn how South Carolina is bridging the skills gap between education and workforce in this collaborative approach to career readiness. 

South Carolina Department of Education

In December 2017, an expert panel, consisting of South Carolina employers along with educators and workforce and economic development professionals, selected WIN Learning as the state’s new career readiness assessment provider. In April 2018, just four months following contract award, WIN Learning successfully facilitated the first statewide administration of 208,000 paper-based and online assessments, spanning more than 80 school districts and 250 high schools statewide. South Carolina uses four WIN career readiness assessments to measure mastery of foundational employability and soft skills. The assessments are administered each spring to approximately 52,000 students in their third year of high school.

The results are used as an accountability measure of district and school effectiveness in preparing students for high school graduation, college, and careers. WIN Learning also provides comprehensive project planning and management services, curriculum, stakeholder training and technical assistance, student-specific credentials and score reports, data management, psychometric analysis, and technical reporting.

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce collaborated with WIN Learning in 2018 to introduce the forward-thinking career readiness curriculum, assessment, and credentialing solution for the state workforce system and its partners including the Technical College System, Department of Adult Education, Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, community-based organizations, and employers. Successful completion of the assessments results in the South Carolina Ready to Work Credential and/or the South Carolina Essential Soft Skills Credential. Both credentials are state-sponsored and recognized by employers statewide. In addition to curriculum, assessment and credentialing services, WIN Learning provides implementation planning; stakeholder marketing, training, and technical assistance; and data management and reporting. 

WIN Learning also offers WIN Job Analysis services, linking the assessment standards and resulting credentials to employer hiring and training requirements.

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South Carolina Ready to Work Credentials

Credentials employers recognize and value in today's workforce.

While professional attitudes and work habits are essential for the 21st century economy, they are often overlooked in educational programs. South Carolina Ready to Work Credentials helps learners develop and demonstrate attitudes and behaviors that are critical to career and life success. Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, Reading for Information, Communicating effectively, conveying professionalism, promoting teamwork and collaboration, and thinking critically to solve problems are key components of South Carolina's comprehensive approach to preparing students emerging and jobseekers reemerging into the workforce for success while providing future employers with workplace-ready candidates. 

Ready to Work Credentials  

The R2W assessments provide a customized credential that students can add to their portfolio. The credential shows the degree to which students have mastered the skills assessed and their level of accomplishment.

The assessment component is scored on a scale from 3 to 7. The higher the score, the greater the student’s ability to perform more complex tasks and qualify for a broader range of jobs.

There are four certificate levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To earn a Bronze certificate, the student must score a minimum of 3 on all assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information). For Silver a minimum of 4 is required, for Gold a minimum of 5 is required, and for Platinum a minimum of 6 is required.

The credential level (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum) is determined by the minimum or lowest score across all three tests. For example, a student who scores a 4 in Applied Mathematics, 4 in Reading for Information, and 3 in Locating Information will earn a bronze certificate because the lowest of the three scores is 3.

Essential Soft Skills Credentials  

The Essential Soft Skills Assessment is scored as Pass or Not Passed based on the total questions answered correctly. 

Each question is a workplace based scenario where participants select the "Best" and "Worst" way to handle a specific situation to demonstrate mastery of appropriate behaviors and attitudes employers look for most when making hiring and retention decisions. The attitudinal and behavioral skills measured on the Essential Soft Skills Assessment are Cooperate with Others, Resolve Conflict and Negotiate, Solve Problems and Make Decisions, Take Responsibility for Learning, and Observe Critically.

Participants need to earn a 70% or greater on the Essential Soft Skills Assessment to earn the Essential Soft Skills Credential. 

The South Carolina Ready to Work Credentials

are a validation of the competencies employers value most.


Additional South Carolina Career Readiness Resources:

Ready to Work Courseware provides participants with an initial placement to identify current skill levels in each of the modules, and to identify further training and education along their career path. The participant will enter a module at a level appropriate for their skills and then progresses at their own pace based on their performance on the placement test. The Ready to Work Courseware provide participants with a personalized profile of how prepared they are for the Ready to Work Assessments. 

Essential Soft Skills Courseware helps participants develop and demonstrate attitudinal and behavioral skills that are essential to success in the workplace and school. These competencies are a key component of WIN’s comprehensive approach to preparing learners and job seekers for success and providing future employers with workplace-ready candidates. The Essential Soft Skills Courseware contains over 60 hours of offline materials to provide a blended approach to reinforce the skills online.

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To learn more about how to become a partner, please contact WIN Learning at info@winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.

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