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 Client Services Center Enhancements and New Tools

We appreciate our NOCTI Community! In response to your suggestions, we have been working hard all summer on enhancements and new tools for the Client Services Center. Systems updates for 2017-18 are listed below:

  • Welcome/Notifications: Watch notifications to stay current on product, support, and system changes.
  • Data Extract Tool: This new tool allows you to pull reporting data into Excel for all tests within a specified date range.
  • Email Technical Support: Submit a trouble ticket via email for quick resolution to your technical issue/concern.
  • Data Upload Tool: Free for all NOCTI customers! Previously available only through an annual subscription, this fabulous tool allows Site Coordinators to upload participant information. Use uploaded data to ensure the accuracy of participant information and to easily assign online test log in credentials prior to test administration.
  • Manage Badges: Located in Reports and Certificates, this tool allows you to view badge recipients, identify who has retrieved their badges, and edit/resend email communication when appropriate.
  • Search Reports for Individuals: This new tool allows users to for search score reports for an individual name.

 New and Revised Assessments

The list of new and revised assessments below are available for the 2017-18 school year. Assessment Blueprints for these updated assessments can be found by clicking here.

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Carpentry 4215
Culinary Arts Level 1 Prep Cook 4436
Culinary Arts Level 2 Cook 4536
Dental Assisting 4226
Medical Assisting (Performance Component Revised) 4455
Welding 4272

Diagnostic Services 1386
Health Informatics 1387
Therapeutic Services 1385

State Customized
Introduction to Criminal Justice - Minnesota 8215


 SME Spotlight: Steve Hollman

Steve HollmanIn the fall of 1987, Steve read a newspaper ad for a carpentry teaching position. He visited Frankfort, Kentucky to complete part of the application process – taking a NOCTI exam. He was then hired as a carpentry teacher for Owensboro Community and Technical College in Kentucky. He has taught there for 29 years and still enjoys doing so.

Although this was Steve’s first encounter with NOCTI, he has had many more. A few years after he began his teaching career, Steve earned college credit for passing a NOCTI performance test. In the late nineties, he administered the Carpentry performance test to two teachers, and he served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the NOCTI Cabinetmaking written and performance test revisions this spring.

When asked about difficult aspects of the revision process, Steve says that creating new questions with relevant answers was the most challenging part for him. One of his positive associations with NOCTI, he says, is that their exams give teachers an understanding of how students rank using both state and national averages.

As for how he developed his expertise, Steve remembers helping his father build custom cabinets in his backyard. He started helping him as soon as he could tail off plywood as his father ripped it on the radial arm saw – equipment Steve says his father used frequently but is rare to see in a shop today.

“I often tell my students that I learned the trade from my father who, along with being a carpenter, had worked his way up to be a general contractor superintendent. . . I am just a fraction of the carpenter he is.”

Thank you, Steve. NOCTI appreciates you going above and beyond!

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