This month we will have a special presentation from guest speaker Trevor Stokes, Workforce Program Manager of NACOG, focusing on the Arizona Career Readiness Credential Program.
The Arizona Career Readiness Credential is earned by validating the foundational skills (soft skills) that employers value most. Job seekers who hold this credential have passed 3 high-stakes, proctored assessments in the applied academic areas, plus a “situational judgement” assessment that validates their understanding of employability skills and how they impact an employer.
The Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) is partnering with local chambers of commerce and industry organizations to roll out this program in the Yavapai region. NACOG’s commitment to enhancing the qualifications of the available workforce is not new, and this initiative is their latest effort on that front.
Trevor is the Workforce Programs Manager for Arizona’s new Office of Economic Opportunity, the state’s labor market information and workforce policy hub. In this role, he supports innovative models for more effectively aligning the practical needs of employers with the training and job placement services offered by the state’s education and workforce development systems.
Guest speaker Trevor has an extensive background in economic research and labor market analysis includes more than 200 regional labor market studies conducted for school districts and workforce boards across the country. He regularly serves as a subject matter expert for industry sector partnerships, career-driven curriculum development, regional growth planning, and public education and workforce policy.