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Orientation is required to be accepted into the Ready To Work PROgram.
Orientation is offered every Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Shelton State Martin Campus
Workforce Development Room 1915
additional orientation dates and locations are listed below.

Alabama’s Ready to Work program provides a career pathway for individuals with limited education and employment experience.  Ready to Work’s workplace environment provides entry-level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama.  Training is provided at no cost to participants.

The Ready to Work curriculum is set to standards cited by business and industry employees throughout the state and the skills cited in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Reports.

The Ready to Work program is managed by the Alabama Community College System Office (ACCS) in partnership with AIDT.  Administrative tasks are completed by both entities.

The Ready to Work curriculum is delivered through programs located at Alabama community colleges.  AIDT is the proprietor of all RTW curriculum and provides access to the curriculum at no cost to any Alabama community college.

Qualified participants may enter the RTW program at any time judged appropriate by the RTW Program Director.  For detailed enrollment requirements, contact the nearest participating Alabama community college.

Certification requirements include:

  • 95% attendance and punctuality rate
  • Satisfactory achievement of work ethic, organizational skills, attitude, and motivation
  • 70% or higher on all required assessments
  • Successful completion of WorkKeys assessment with level 3 or higher

Upon successful completion of the RTW program, graduates will receive the two industry recognized credentials listed below.

  • National Career Readiness Certificate- issued by ACT
  • Alabama Certified Worker Certificate- issued by AIDT

The Ready to Work core curriculum consists of six training modules and ACT WorkKeys.  Each module is comprised of three to six lessons that build upon and reinforce common concepts.  All curriculum modules, including ACT WorkKeys, are structured to reinforce the essentials skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and arithmetic.

RTW curriculum includes both online and classroom components.  Assessments are used to measure mastery of skills presented through the curriculum.  All assessments must be completed with a score of 70% of higher to receive credit.

The Ready to Work program will soon offer industry specific training options.  Participants will be able to choose an optional concentration that provides targeted training in the chosen industry.  Selecting this option will require participants to take one additional training module to earn that industry specific concentration.  The concentrations are designed to introduce participants to the basic skills required in the specific industry.

The Alabama Certified Worker Certificate can be used the the following ways:
  • a prerequisite for entry-level employees
  • professional development for existing employees
  • a tool for internal career advancement or promotion

Training is provided at no cost to the participant, but requires an investment of time and a willingness to learn new skills.  Individuals who successfully complete the Ready to Work program are more prepared to become productive employees.  Participants receive training in soft skills that will improve employee retention, time management, problem solving skills, critical thinking techniques, and much more.

Ready to Work participants are required to demonstrate positive work ethic throughout their progression through the program.  Participants are monitored on attendance, punctuality, attitude, motivation, organization, and overall workplace ethics.

Graduates of the RTW program have successfully advanced through rigorous training and experimental learning activities to prepare them to excel in the workforce.  These participants will show dedication, initiative, and that they are Ready to Work!

For more information on becoming a business and industry partner, visit Alabama Ready to Work.