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Workkeys Test Prep Instructor
Category: Workforce Development/Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Department: Workforce Development
Locations: Springfield, MA
Posted: Dec 4, 2023
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: PT No Benefits
Position ID: 170523

About Springfield Technical Community College :

Located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and founded in 1967, Springfield Technical Community College is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. Digital Multimedia, IT Security, Nursing, Robotics, Sonography, Mechanical Engineering Technology (Advance Manufacturing) and dozens of other career programs produce potential employees each year. STCC's highly-regarded transfer programs in Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science and Technology continue to provide the most economical option for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of over 6,500, evening, weekend and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity and justifiably proud of our designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Respect, is one of the Core Values of the College and we strive to nurture mutual respect among faculty, staff and students. With respect, we embrace differences to create an inclusive environment for all. Together, we support students as they transform their lives through intellectual, cultural, and economic engagement while becoming thoughtful, committed and socially responsible graduates.

Job Description:

The Instructor will prepare participants to obtain the ACT Workkeys proficiency certificates required by DESE to work as a paraprofessional/paraeducator (Teacher Assistant) in the state of Massachusetts. The WorkKeys Proficiency Certificate for Paraprofessional consists of Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Business Writing assessments.

This program will orient students to the job of Para Educator in the local public schools. Paraprofessional Educators work with teachers and other school staff to provide instructional assistance, classroom support, and implement effective classroom strategies to meet the needs of all students. The instructor will provide face-to-face instruction with limited online instruction. Instructors will follow the course syllabus (pacing guide) and unit plans using the Workkeys training system, Google Classroom and other Learning Management Systems as required. The instructor will prepare students to meet or exceed the rigorous standards by ACT. Instruction will be delivered to Adult Learners and require utilizing best practices for instruction.


  • Instructors will provide high quality instruction related to developing student knowledge and skills in order to meet the Massachusetts hiring requirements.
    • Paraprofessionals must achieve at the following skill levels on all three sections of the ACT Workkeys Certificate of Proficiency for Paraprofessional Teaching Assistants:
      • Reading for Information: Skill Level 5
      • Applied Mathematics: Skill Level 4
      • Business Writing: Skill Level 3
  • Prepares the Workkeys LMS with classroom groups, assigns students and content areas, monitors student progress, and facilitates instruction activities to meet course objectives and student test preparedness.
  • Provides instruction content using Google Classroom and other LMS tools as required.
  • Works closely with evening and/or day staff to create a collaborative learning environment while utilizing a variety of instructional methods, techniques and on campus/online resources.
  • Using unit plans and lesson plans preparing Google Classroom, instructional videos, models, labs, websites, and projects for face-to-face instruction demonstrating a proficiency of best practices for adult learners.
  • Collaborates with program staff to develop and maintain student assessment schedules in order to meet program goals and fulfill funding requirements.
  • Assesses students in all subject areas using summative and formative assessments, Workkeys and Workplace Readiness based on instructional needs.
  • Participates in program planning, curriculum development, and program continuous improvement activities and requirements.
  • Attends meetings, participates in programs, projects and other duties as needed.


  • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse, inclusive and student-centered environment, and with current and prospective students and staff of various learning styles, cultures, identities, and life-experiences.
  • Bachelors' degree (in Education or Technology preferred).
  • At least 3 years of experience with providing instruction and/or training in a professional environment.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication, using multimedia and other technology.
  • Ability to work with second language learners and translate technical and Workkeys terms/processes into lay terms.
  • Ability to teach the following subjects (reading, applied math, business writing content) across the K12 curriculum level.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to use classroom technology skills with proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Classroom and the Google Suite to support student instruction using multimedia, videos, and communication tools.
  • Commitment to learner-centered, life-long learning; professional development.
  • Belief that students can learn and willingness to meet the needs of the students.
  • Ability to teach with proficiency in person and/or online.
  • Positive attitude, patience, flexible and demonstrates the ability to explain concepts to all learners.


  • Experience working with a diverse population.
  • Master's degree.
  • Trained in the use of the Workkeys System and other assessment tools.
  • Past experience as a paraprofessional and completion of the Workkeys Exams.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Strong leadership skills.


Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.

Additional Information:

Salary: $50.00 per hour
Benefits: No. Non Union position
Work Schedule: Current class schedule is 10 week sessions (Monday through Thursday, evenings typically between 5:30 and 9:00 PM) in line with the Workforce Development academic calendar, available funding, and need of the department. Individual schedule to be determined with the supervisor including evening meetings from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at least once a month on campus.
Grant Funded: No
Closing Date: Open until filled

All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. Springfield Technical Community College is not sponsoring H1B Visa.


Candidates for employment should be aware that all STCC employees are required to complete Information Awareness Security Training within thirty days of their orientation date and annually thereafter.

Application Instructions:

All available positions are located at: which applicants must apply online by submitting a cover letter**, resume and three (3) professional references.

**Cover letter must demonstrate how your education and experience qualifies you for this position.


STCC conducts a pre-employment screening. Initial and continued employment is dependent upon meeting National Background Check, Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and/or Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check and if applicable, Physical and Alcohol/Drug Testing requirements. Screening also includes verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history. Finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment screening as a condition of employment.


Springfield Technical Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's for Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, Kathryn C. Senie, Ed.D, J.D. at 413.755.5642 or via email at, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. Springfield Technical Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


STCC's personnel and academic decisions, programs and policies are formulated and conducted in a manner, which will ensure equal access for all people and prevent discrimination. As part of this effort, a College will ensure that employment and academic decisions, programs and policies will be based solely on the individual eligibility, merit or fitness of applicants, employees and students without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, military service, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation or political or union affiliation.


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