WCCC Authorized Regional Assessment Center Booming
Warren County Career Center’s Regional Authorized Assessment Center proctors approximately 2,500 exams per year, meeting the needs of business, community and educational institutions in their assessment requirements for student and employee certifications. Individuals can take computer-based and paper assessments at the public testing center for school, employment, or personal interests.
Dannie Myers, of Miamisburg, has been using the WCCC Assessment Center for about a year, taking Information Technology certification exams for Microsoft Server, Windows, and more. He had been taking exams at another testing center, but began having issues with scheduling, so he did some research and found WCCC. He keeps coming back to WCCC, and one big reason is the testing and office staff. WCCC assessment staff include Joyce Shillinglaw, Toni Welles, Sara Lee and Louise Hayes.
“Although you are about 40 miles from my home, you always have available times that fit my schedule and the experience has been pleasant,” he said. “There are multiple reasons I like coming to Warren County Career Center, but there is one primary reason that has sold me to come back – the test proctors. Last November, I had scheduled a test date on November 30. Thinking I had scheduled it for November 23, I arrived at your test center that evening. When I realized that the date was November 30, I explained my situation to Ms. Shillinglaw, the test proctor that day. She immediately called Pearson and explained to them that she had an open test spot. After about an hour of working with Pearson, Ms. Shillinglaw came through for me and I was able to take my exam.”
The Assessment Center offers access to certification exams through several testing companies. Pearson VUE provides certification tests for GED, health, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, insurance, legal, real estate, financial services, employment and HR management. Certiport assessments include Information Technology Fundamentals, Microsoft Office, Adobe, and CompTIA Strata. National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) offers testing for the healthcare professionals and instructors. ParaPro is a general aptitude test that offers certification for paraprofessionals. North American Technician Excellence Certification (NATE) and ESCO Group both provide testing for HVAC technicians. Department of Public Safety Fire Testing offers certification exams for Firefighter and EMT.
The WCCC Assessment Center was among the top 100 in the nation that administered the most College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams in 2016. CLEP testing allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired college-level mastery of course content in 33 different subject areas. Students who successfully complete a CLEP exam can enrich their degree programs with higher-level courses in the same discipline; expand their horizons by taking a wider array of electives; and avoid the need to repeat material that they already know.
Amy Couch, of Lebanon, took CLEP exams at the WCCC Assessment Center to speed up her college experience and save on tuition. She took eight CLEP exams and earned 21 college credits. She estimates that she saved about $6,000 on college expenses. Taking a recommendation from her mother, she took the CLEP exams during her senior year of high school and first semester of her freshman college year at Wright State University. She is a mass communications major. “I had a good testing experience at the Career Center,” she said. “Everyone was friendly, and I just adore the proctor, Joyce Shillinglaw. She was amazing and I always looked forward to talking to her. Looking back, I am glad I did it. You save yourself time and money with CLEP. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a flexible way of earning credit.”
The Assessment Center administers ACT WorkKeys exams for many individuals, including all students entering a workforce program at WCCC. Employers use the test as a job skills assessment system that helps them select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce.
Exam Proctoring is another area served by the Assessment Center. Students taking courses at colleges, universities or other educational institutions in a distance-learning program often need to take a proctored exam. Michael Baron is pursuing his graduate degree in Engineering at Purdue University, and periodically takes exams at the WCCC center. The Lebanon Public library directed him to the testing center at WCCC. He said the flexible scheduling was crucial to his ability to continue his studies. “Finding the time to fit exams into my life and work schedules is an insurmountable task in itself,” he said. “The test center staff have been very helpful. They have done their best to accommodate my busy schedule. I simply wouldn't be able to take these courses without them.”
He is appreciative of the convenient location, too. “I was initially apprehensive about pursuing graduate engineering courses through Purdue,” he said. “Beyond the academic challenge, one of the other major obstacles is the requirement that all formal exams must be taken through an approved proctor. I foresaw myself driving into the city and battling traffic each semester, further adding to the stresses of the experience. I was more than ecstatic when I found out WCCC offers proctor services. The test center is in a convenient location, close to home, and they offer a quiet area for test taking. Just as important, the staff are very helpful and genuinely nice people. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone needing a proctored exam.”
Sara Grimes is another student who uses the exam proctoring service at WCCC. She is an online high school student through Indiana University’s Online High School and an advanced high school student at Miami University. She is required to take proctored exams in her high school classes. “I ended up having to do research into a testing center that could proctor my exams,” she said. “I tried contacting a few different places to proctor my exams, but to no avail. Thorough research led to me the Warren County Career Center’s testing center. The testing center at Warren County Career Center was the place that truly met my needs as an online high school student because I don’t always have exams on a normal schedule. I absolutely love testing at the testing center. It has been a wonderful experience because it is convenient and the staff is incredible. The testing center has been wonderful for my high school experience because I have been able to test whenever I need to and the testing process is relatively stress-free, minus the usual stress due to the test. The proctors are wonderful people and they have helped me tremendously throughout the process of testing.”
Pictured, Warren County resident Angela Slaton used the WCCC Assessment Center to take her GED exam. Test Proctor Joyce Shillinglaw is a calming force who makes sure that every person testing is comfortable.