The Ottumwa Courier


May 10, 2013

Job Corps trainee earns tops scores on National Career Readiness test


Some had gotten a platinum on a "section," like reading or math. But to get platinum, Kyle would have get the highest scores in all three categories. He hit the books.

"When my father took it, he got gold, gold and platinum. So I figured I had to beat him. My father beat me on the ACTs, so this was my chance," Kyle said.

Among family members, he said, he's very competitive. Others who want to do really well will take the test over and over. Some will just take the test they got the lowest score on. Still, no one had platinum. Kyle nailed it on his first try.

"I didn't do so well in high school," Kyle said. "It was just stuff I wasn't interested in. I'm more of a hands-on guy. I love school for what I'm going for now, diesel power, and I love learning stuff like that."

As for the platinum certificate, he said, it'll look great on a resume.

That's a good point, Rouse said,

"Anybody who achieves that platinum? They are considered by employers to have the skills necessary to pursue 99 percent of the employment opportunities in the workforce."

Kyle says between working hard in class on repair skills, plus the skills the certificate proves, will help him show an employer he can be a valuable employee.

"Diesel engines make the world go 'round," Kyle said. "The good mechanics are the ones who get the job done right the first time. You get a diesel truck sitting on the side of the road, it's costing a company money."

"It’s another tool in the toolbox to help you get a job," Rouse said about the certificate. "Because if there are two applicants who are equal, and I interview them and they’re still equal, then the one who has [successfully completed] the NCRC may be set [apart].”

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