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Ready to Work

Alabama’s Ready-to-Work program provides a career pathway for adults with limited education and employment experience at 96 sites by 22 colleges. Ready to Work’s workplace environment provides trainees the entry-level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama.

Successful completers of the Ready to Work Program earn the following certifications and credit hours:

  • Alabama Certified Worker (ACW) Certificate
  • ACT Work Keys – National Career Readiness Credential (CRC)
  • FDIC – Financial Literacy Money Smart – 11 Certifications 
  • The potential of earning a total of 13 certifications
  • 3 Credit hours to be applied to course of your choice at Calhoun

Easy as 1, 2, 3,!

  1. We accept students with a GED, or those pursuing a GED dually enrolled at Calhoun College. Students who have obtained a High School Diploma or College Degree.

  2. You must have a Pre-TABE test that is less than 60 days old. If you need to take a Pre-TABE it is given on every MONDAY, with the exception of holidays. The Pre-TABE test is administered at 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM at the Huntsville Campus. Sign in at the front desk of the Adult Education Department. Bring your Photo ID, Driver’s License and Social Security card. The placement test is 3 ½ hours. The Pre-TABE test will determine if you need additional tutorial resources while in the Ready to Work program.

After you have taken the Pre-TABE test in Huntsville you will be contacted by phone or email. The Ready to Work Instructor will schedule a face-to-face appointment with you to complete the proper paper work for entry along with assisting you with your schedule for classes. 

The Ready to Work program is FREE and lasts approximately 6 to 8 weeks. This is an open enrollment program. You can always begin with a class at any time.

For Students Age 16-24

Students who complete the Launch program and GED classes provided by Calhoun Community College receive a $100.00 gift card.

Students who go through Launch and the Ready to Work program receive a $250.00 gift card at the end of their program.

Essential Requirements for Successful Completion Include:

  • A 95% attendance and punctuality rate.
  • Satisfactory achievement of work ethic, organizational skills, attitude and motivation.
  • Satisfactory achievement of problem solving skills, workplace behaviors, financial education, customer service, computer skills, job acquisition skills and operation skills.
  • WorkKeys Assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.
  • Alabama Certified Worker Examination.

Introduction to RTW consists of: 

- Workplace Violence; What is Harassment; Safety Orientation; Diversity in the Workplace

  • Safe Lifting & Fire Extinguisher

RTW locationsRTW Student Handbooks

- Communication

  • Team Building
  • Customer Service

- Problem Solving 

  • Problem Solving
  • Problem Solving Tools
  • Decision Analysis
  • Time Management
  • Conflict Resolution


  • Bank On It
  • Borrowing Basics
  • Check It Out
  • Money Matters
  • Pay Yourself First
  • Keep It Safe
  • To Your Credit
  • Charge It Right
  • Loan To Own
  • Your Own Home
  • Financial Recovery

- Job Acquisition

  • Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Application Forms
  • Interviews

- Operation

  • Workplace Safety
  • Precision Measurement
  • Lean/Just-In-Time Operation
  • Introduction to Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Principles of Quality Operations*

- Workplace Behavior

  • Diversity - Drop by Drop DVD
  • Harassment Is DVD
  • Workplace Violence - The Calm Before the Storm DVD
  • Safety Orientation - It Takes a Winning Attitude DVD
  • Workplace Ethics (No DVD required)
  • Team Member Training (No DVD required)*

- Computer Skills

  • Windows 7, XP and Mac Operating Systems
  • Excel
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Access
  • Windows
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
  • Technology to Communicate

The Ready-to-Work program is operated by the Alabama Community College System and AIDT.

Ready to Work Alabama



-Participation Agreement Form
-Student Enrollment Form


For more information, please contact:

Ms. Tonya Dumas
Ready to Work Instructor & Project Manager
Calhoun Community College
Huntsville Campus

Adult Education Department, Office 227

The Ready to Work Program currently serves Madison, Morgan and Limestone Counties; Huntsville, Decatur and Athens, AL

The Department of Corrections – Serving Pre-Release incarcerated population
Ms. Brenda Ligon
Pre-Release Social Services/RTW Program Manager
Limestone Correctional Facility – Serving incarcerated population