NEWTON Project Self-Sufficiency in Newton has been authorized by the National Work Readiness Council to become a testing site for the Work Readiness Credential, the standardized testing administered to entry-level workers to ensure that they are poised for success in the workplace. The agency is one of only a handful of locations in New Jersey which has been authorized by the National Work Readiness Council to administer the four-phased test. There are 130 testing sites nationwide. The credential was developed through a five-year, national consensus-building process that included businesses, unions, chambers of commerce, education and training professionals, and state workforce investment boards in the founding states of Florida, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, and the District of Columbia. According to the council, the economic output of the United States is now 75 percent service and service related industry driven. These service and service related industries range from hospitality to Information Technology consulting to contract Research and Development. There over 25 million entry-level, frontline workers in the service economy. The tests’ purpose is to ensure that employees have the skills to add value to the workplace as they assume entry-level positions. Employees who pass will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that they have competent skills in situational judgment, active listening, reading with understanding, and using math to solve problems. To learn more, call 973-940-3500.