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Florida Ready to Work

Florida Ready to Work (FRTW) is a career education and credentialing program focused on foundational employability and essential soft skills readiness for technical education / industry certification, college, apprenticeship, and employment.  The credentials and corresponding courseware are available to all Miami Dade College students and prospective students. Contact Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing via AET@mdc.edu for more information.

The Credentials

Students who complete the program may earn the Florida Ready to Work Credential and/or the Florida Soft Skills Credential. Both credentials are signed by the Governor and recognized as a common measure of readiness for most jobs, across industry sectors, by employers large and small.

To earn the Florida Soft Skills Credential, students must pass one proctored, online assessment – essential soft skills. Each assessment is 55 minutes. All questions are multiple choice, based on career contextualized scenarios.  Soft Skills measures competency in work tasks and behaviors including: cooperate with others, resolve conflict, negotiate effectively, solve problems, make decisions, observe critically, and take responsibility for learning.

To earn the Florida Ready to Work Credential, students must pass three proctored, online assessments – applied math, reading for information and locating information.

The Soft Skills Curriculum

To prepare students for internship and employment, the program also provides a new blended online and classroom-based curriculum targeting essential soft skills including:

  • Conveying Professionalism – Dependability, courtesy, attitude, motivation, personal accountability, and time management.
  • Communicating Effectively – Verbal and nonverbal communication and listening; use of communication tools including email etiquette, cell phone, and social networking; resolving conflict; and acknowledging criticism.
  • Promoting Teamwork and Collaboration – Teamwork skills and interactions, benefits of diversity and sensitivity to differences, accepting responsibility, and leadership.
  • Thinking Critically and Solving Problems – Innovation, creativity, flexibility, overcoming adversity, goal setting, and critical thinking strategies.

The Florida Ready to Work Curriculum

An effective supplemental instructional solution for student success in industry certification coursework and testing, the online Florida Ready to Work curriculum provides targeted, career contextualized instruction in foundational employability skills including:

  • Applied Math – Use of workplace math – four basic functions of math – to communicate information and problem solve (i.e. calculate percentage discounts and mark-ups).
  • Reading for Information – Use of workplace text to communicate information and problem solve (i.e. emails, manuals, memos, policies).
  • Locating Information – Use of workplace graphics to communicate information and problem solve (i.e. spreadsheets, charts, graphs, instrument gauges).

What is the Process to earn the credentials?

  • Request access via AET@mdc.edu.
  • Complete the online Placement tests to measure current skills.
  • Use the online, self-paced courseware to improve skills.
  • Take the required proctored assessments for Soft Skills and/or Ready to Work at a Miami Dade College Testing Center or on a remote basis.
  • For Soft Skills: Earn a passing score on the assessment.
  • For Ready to Work: Earn passing scores on all 3 assessments.
  • Receive the Soft Skills and Florida Ready to Work credentials signed by Governor Ron DeSantis.

View the Florida Ready to Work FAQs

For More Information

Silvio Rodriguez
Miami Dade College, Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing
silvio.rodriguez@mdc.edu  |
305.237.7492




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