Makenzie Bailey and Tyler Erdman

Rutherford County Schools

Siegel High School recently honored 139 students who earned the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate.

Makenzie Bailey and Tyler Erdman earned perfect scores on the assessment.

“You are what college and career ready looks like,” said Nivia Serrano, Tennessee account representative for ACT, “a diploma in one hand and a career certificate in the other.”

Until recently, Serrano was a vice principal at Siegel.

The certificate is an assessment which measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. It also provides an opportunity for high school students to receive college credit.

The assessment helps students and employers measure the workplace skills that can affect one’s job performance including applied math, graphic literacy and workplace documents.

Dr. Kay Martin, secondary coordinator for Rutherford County Schools, and Regina Ward, director of Education and Workforce Development for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, addressed the students along with Serrano.

They encouraged everyone to follow a path of excellence.

Rutherford County and Rutherford County Schools are working to become an ACT Work Ready Community, which is a community-based workforce development process that aligns and matches the county’s workforce development efforts to the needs of business and industry by certifying a skilled workforce.