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KESC and NCRC Overview

Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate (KESC)

The KESC is a certification your future (and current) employees can earn when they successfully complete the online WIN Soft Skills course, available FREE at your local adult education program!

Individuals earn the KESC as part of an academic program of study and in pursuit of other stackable credentials, which may include the National Career Readiness Certificate and/or the GED® diploma. The KESC certifies that an individual has successfully completed coursework in:

The following fliers can be used to increase awareness among current and future employees

8.5 x 11 full-color student poster (850K WORD)
Half-page, full-color student flier (951K WORD)
8.5 x 11 full-color employer poster (500K PDF)

Contact Sharon Johnston at or call 502-892-3029, if you need more information.


National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Earning a National Career Readiness Certificate can prove to employers you're ready for work.

The NCRC is based on three WorkKeys® skill areas:

To earn an NCRC, a person must take all three assessments. The NCRC is then awarded in three levels:

To learn more about the NCRC, click here. These services will be provided free of charge to adult education eligible students.