What am I eligible for?' "said Rob Rogers, executive director of the Center for Workforce Excellence, a work-force development group.
said studies show the regional work force's skill level is a cause for concern.
One survey of 2,500 high school sophomores and seniors found that 10 percent scored below the lowest reading level, 43 percent in middle levels and 47 percent in the top levels, according to Mr. Rogers
"What it says is that we've got some red flags," he
But Mr. Rogers
and others said Keys2-Work
can be an incentive for students to learn, because it shows what skills will land them a job and for how much money.
"It lays out a very accurate picture of what's required to enter and succeed at those occupations, and it attaches dollar signs to it," Mr. Rogers
"It promotes a great means of a dialogue between the employers and the educators," Mr. Rogers
"It provides a common language, a measuring stick for both job seekers and employers, and it allows those who do the brokering to guide people along the way," said Rob Rogers, an early supporter of workplace skills testing here and executive director of the Commission for Workforce Excellence.