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March 26, 2008

Albany -- Two-hundred-forty Albany employees are being assessed this week to determine how work ready Albany is.  

The assessments began Tuesday and will run through Friday at Albany Technical College. The city is the latest in a line of Albany area employers to have their employees work skills assessed.

Workers are tested in four categories, reading for information, locating information, applied mathematics, and a talent assessment.

 Economic Development officials say it's the first thing businesses look at when they're considering are area for relocation. 

"They will tell you without fail, that it's an available qualified workforce that's the number one deciding factor. This quantifies that Albany and Doughty County have an available and trained work force that's ready to go to work," says Albany Tech's Matt Trice.

 Anyone can take the assessment, it's offered free at Albany Technical College. If an employees skill fall below a required skill level Albany Tech offers an online or on campus class to improve a workers skills.

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