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Brainerd School Board: High school offering Work Keys program

The Brainerd School Board heard about another option for Brainerd High School students in the Work Keys program, where students are able to earn their National Career Readiness Certificate.

Currently working with 70 Brainerd High School students — with another 85 entering in the second semester — the Work Keys pilot is aimed at students who are opting to enter the work force following high school graduation.

"I am very excited about this program," said BHS Principal Andrea Rusk. "We have many outstanding programs for our students (at BHS), especially those that go on to college. We offer advanced placement, technology prep courses and college in our schools, but we don't have any programming for students who are not at this time planning on going to college.

"We spend four years exploring post-secondary education, but the reality is 20-30 percent of our high school seniors will not go on to school. That's why it is our pleasure to partner up with Work Keys and the NCRC."

Rusk said that with Work Keys program, students who may be struggling a bit more in school are offered the opportunity to earn their NCRC through three tests important to entering the work force: applied mathmatics, locating information and reading information action strategy.

A certificate deemed important for many employers that do not require a college degree, Rusk said the community already has 100 BHS graduates with the NCRC in hopes that it will only continue to grow.

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