Thompson shares testing changes with Civitans

Staff Writer

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club met Wednesday in the Education Room of North Mississippi Medical Center and welcomed Mitzi Thompson, Workforce Specialist at East Mississippi Community College West Point Campus, to inform the Civitans about changes to the WorkKeys Testing to qualify for employment.

"Our intentions are to continue our partnership with the Civitan Club," Thompson said. "Keeping everything the same with the Workforce Scholarships. But there are changes coming to the WorkKeys Testing. Since you offer scholarships for that we wanted you to know about the changes."
Thompson said right now those who score a Bronze on the tests, receiving a score of 3 or less on any of the three subjects: Reading for Information, Applied Math or Searching for Information, only need to retest on the subject that they did not score a 4 or above.

"People can take WorkKeys Test Prep class," Thompson said. "Then they can retest on the part they need to make a Silver. But after October that is going to change. After the month of October people will have to take the complete test again. Not just on the parts where they didn't score well."
Thompson said EMCC is trying to locate the more than 100 people who have scored a 4 or above on part of the test and need to retake the other subjects.

"Right now the cost is $20 to take just one of the parts," Thompson said. "After October people will have to pay the whole thing to retake the test, even if they scored a 4 or higher the previous time."
She said EMCC is focusing on informing those people of the changes so they can make the decision whether of not to try and retest before the end of the month or to retake the entire test.

"Jobs are coming in manufacturing," Thompson said. "We are trying to get our workforce trained for those jobs. But employers want a score of at least Silver on the WorkKeys test. It's a prerequisite now for being employed. That's why we offer the prep classes, we want everyone to succeed."
She said anyone needing information can call 662-243-2647.

Acie Vance, president elect of the Civitan Club presided over the meeting in the absence of Jay Jackson.
"We're always happy to have Mitzi come and tell us what is going on at the West Point Campus," Vance said. "We make the Workforce Scholarships available to help people pay for the testing so they can get a job. It's a way for us to give back to our community and help other people."

Alvin Quinn said the West Point Civitans will be hosting the North District Meeting at Faith Baptist Church, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
"I'm working with a caterer to provide the food for the meeting," Quinn said. "So that part will be taken care of. I wanted to remind everyone to bring at least three items to be given as door prizes. They don't need to be expensive but nice."
Quinn said they need volunteers to help Bill Ladd set up tables and chairs in the church fellowship hall the Friday before the meeting. He encouraged all members to be present at the North District Civitan meeting.