All of our programs lead towards certifications.  Currently, ULEM offers the following: Internet and Computing Core Certification; Microsoft Office Specialist Certification; and ACT National Career Readiness Certification.

Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)

IC3 Digital Literacy Certification provides students and job-seekers with the foundation of knowledge they need to succeed in environments that require the use of computers and the Internet. IC3 Global Standard 4 is an internationally recognized standard for digital literacy and reflects the most relevant skills needed in today’s academic and business environments.  It aligns the IC3 standard to the most current and relevant digital literacy requirements, and addresses several new concepts common to digital literacy, such as: social media, collaboration, digital devices, research fluency, critical thinking, and cloud computing. 

IC3 certification includes three separate exams, which cover (1) Computing Fundamentals, (2) Key Applications, and (3) Living Online.  The Computing Fundamentals exam assesses a participant’s ability to identify types of computers, devices, parts of, and how they work.  The Key Applications exam assesses the ability to utilize word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.  Lastly, the Living Online exam assesses the ability to navigate the internet to accomplish daily tasks.    

Passing these exams demonstrates that a participant is adequately prepared to utilize a computer for daily purposes.  ULEM is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center.

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification (MOS)

MOS certification demonstrates that the holder has the skills needed to proficiently use Microsoft Office.  An entry level employee with MOS certification positions him- or herself to earn as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers.  All participants have the opportunity to get certified in Microsoft Office 2013.  The options are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, SharePoint, and OneNote.  ULEM is an authorized testing center.

Act National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)

NCRC, issued by ACT, is a portable, evidence-based credential that measures essential workplace skills and is a reliable predictor of workplace success.  Knowledge and skills related to job tasks are the strongest predictors of work performance.  When measures of cognitive skills and personality traits are combined, an individual’s success in a job or job training can be predicted with even greater accuracy.

The certificate is designed to complement other traditional credentials, such as a high school diploma, community college degree, or college degree.  While these education credentials mark the fulfillment of an individual’s classroom learning experiences, the certificate confirms the person’s competency in a specific set of workplace skills. 

This certification demonstrates to a prospective employer that their candidate is competent to perform work-related tasks.  This certification is offered to all program participants, as well as, anyone interested in this credential.

Whether one is looking for a first job or is just ready for a change in career, the information that the vast majority of employers are looking for can be conveyed through the National Career Readiness Certificate.  Employers want to know that a prospective employee can process written instructions, policies, and procedures (Reading for Information), use charts, graphs, and figures to solve workplace problems (Locating Information), and utilize math skills to work through challenging scenarios in the workplace (Applied Mathematics).  In an employer’s eyes, these “foundational skills” provide the basis for developing an employee who will be an asset to the company.  Companies usually have no objections to training their employees, but they want to make sure that they are investing their training resources wisely.  In short, they want employees who have proven themselves to be trainable.  Going through the process of getting career certified shows employers that one is serious about career ambitions and that s/he is motivated to succeed.  It also helps one to evaluate his/her own skills and abilities so that s/he can find the job that’s a best fit. 

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