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RCA gets grant for training

CONYERS -- The Rockdale Career Academy recently was awarded a grant for student work training.

Gov. Sonny Perdue's office announced that 56 Georgia high schools will be given Georgia Work Ready training grants that provide three-year access to skills-gap training software through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The software helps students improve the levels in their Work Ready Certificates, which provides a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and job profiling for businesses.

"Earning a Work Ready Certificate tells a potential employer that an individual has the core job skills necessary for success," said Perdue in a press release from his office.

"The Work Ready software helps students improve their work readiness, provides students with a better understanding of the skills employers look for in a successful employee and helps high schools improve their graduation rates."

After submitting applications for grants on how the school would implement the training, The Career Academy was selected as the only school in Rockdale County to receive the $5,000 grant to support student preparation and remediation on the Georgia Work Ready Assessment.

"The money paid for the purchase of a site-license for KeyTrain software. The software package helps prepare students for the Georgia Work Ready assessment. It also provides remediation assistance to students who may wish to raise their current Georgia Work Ready assessment score," said Tim Melvin, RCA chief executive officer.

"From the school level perspective, the KeyTrain software provides an excellent tool to help provide targeted assistance to students as they prepare to maximize their performance on the Georgia Work Ready assessment."

He said all RCA students will participate in the program in preparation for their initial Georgia Work Ready Assessment.