Potential applicants for Cowlitz County government jobs will now take pre-employment skills tests through Lower Columbia College.

Previously, the tests were given by the county only when there was job opening. Now, people interested in working for the county can take the tests at any time. That’s more convenient for prospective applicants and should lead to a larger job pool when jobs do come open, said Human Resources Director Jim Zdilar. It also should reduce county staff time previously used to administer the tests.

LCC already provides the tests for several local employers. The college’s website says the WorkKeys Skills Assessments are a chance to show employers you have the skills needed to be a successful employee.

For county jobs, three areas will be tested: applied math, reading for information and locating information. The cost for all three tests is $48. Upon completion, candidates receive a certificate of WorkPlace Skills. Sections that need to be repeated cost $15 each.

Pre-tests and training services for this test are available through LCC’s online partner, KeyTrain, or participants of WorkSource or WorkFirst programs. Pre-tests are at no cost; training services are $20 per section.

For more information, contact Jim Zdilar or Stephanie Dunn, Cowlitz County Human Resources, 360-577-3065, or online at http://lowercolumbia.edu/biz/get-a-job/workkeys-skills-assessment.

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