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February 05, 2013

HigherNext Partners with Education At Work

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez, TMCnet Contributor

HigherNext Inc., the company that introduced the Certified Business Laureate (CBL) exam, just signed into a partnership with Education at Work, a not-for-profit organization that employs college students to perform call center and back office work.

In their partnership, HigherNext's CBL program will act as a part of Education at Work's development program for its student employees. Because of this, Education at Work will now be able to take the CBL accreditation test at a lower cost.

In return for HigherNext's contribution, Education at Work will provide job opportunities for students participating in HigherNext's CBL program.

Guy Friedman, CEO at HigherNext, took pride in the partnership; "This is a fantastic partnership that truly benefits all parties, Both our student groups will benefit as they develop for career readiness, and this also greatly increases the awareness of our core skills certification program for the companies and organizations with which Education at Work is associated. Partnerships like these help to improve the employment situation for college graduates seeking entry-level jobs."

For a long time, companies have been looking at GPAs, degrees and work experience to determine the worth of a candidate. With the CBL program, students take standardized tests that determine what job skills they have. This effectively measures their business skills in an entry-level environment, which is much more adequate than what having a degree would demonstrate.

The skills tests measure students' financial proficiency, accounting, marketing, Microsoft (News - Alert) Office and business-level writing. Students who wish to take the test can access it through an online portal.

The test-taking process is accompanied by webcam recordings of the students, ensuring that the test is administrated properly and fairly.

David Dougherty, CEO at Education at Work, had similar enthusiasm about the partnership; "This partnership with HigherNext is key for the students we employ to develop the skills they'll need to compete for real world jobs. This is yet another advantage we've found that helps to ensure that our clients have the best and brightest student workforce to assist their customers today, as well as to build their pipeline with great entry-level talent for the future."

Edited by Braden Becker

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