County Adds Huge Layer of Bureaucracy to its Hiring Process
SAN ANGELO, TX — Tom Green County commissioners Tuesday adopted a "recommended" status as a Work Ready Community which will require all job applicants to obtain a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) before they qualify to apply for employment with the county.
The certification is a series of three steps applicants for a job at the county must complete including workplace documentation, an applied mathematics test and a geographic literacy test. The three steps cost $15 each for a total cost of $45 per applicant. The test must be completed before applying for a county job.
City of San Angelo Economic Development director Roland Pena and Americorps Vista representative Sara Lamog made the presentation to the court. Americorps is a federal program founding in 1993 under the administration of President Bill Clinton. It was expanded under President Obama's administration. According to its website, an Americorps Vista member "serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions."
Pena says the $45 cost is covered by a federal grant so the program is free to applicants and the county. The federal government and all its grant programs are funded by taxpayer dollars.
The NCRC can be completed online at the Concho Valley Workforce Solutions office at 202 Henry O. Flipper St.
Pena also presented commissioners with a trophy recognizing Tom Green County as only the second county in Texas to become NCRC certified. Tuesday’s action requires the county human resources department to develop a policy encouraging elected officials and department heads to use the program.
Pena told commissioners the value of the NCRC is found in cost savings by reducing hiring time and hiring loyal employees who are highly qualified.
Pct. 3 commissioner Rick Bacon said he was on a committee to implement the certification workflow with representatives from Angelo State University, Howard College, and the city of San Angelo.
Pena said the NCRC is a program of ACT, which is the standardized college readiness assessment test that evaluates students readiness for college.
The county's human resources department will now implement a hiring process that incorporates the NCRC pre-certification. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the county was 3 percent last month.
In other business, county Extension agent Josh Blanek displayed the national 4-H shooting sports traveling trophy.
4-H participant Greg Garrett qualified for the national 4-H shooting sports team and was first place at the national competition. The trophy will be displayed in the county extension office for one week before it travels on to another team member’s home county.