Become a Certified Work Ready Community
There are two paths to participate in the ACT® Work Ready Communities initiative – State or County approaches.
ACT has closed its applications for the current ACT Work Ready Communities Academy scheduled for September 23-24, 2014 in Atlanta. ACT looks to open the process to accept new counties in 2015. If you are interested in learning more about the county level ACT Work Ready Communities Academy, please contact Tony Garife at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACT accepts applications from states in an on-going basis and will host a state-level Academy session based upon demand. For more information on a state approach please contact Debra Lyons at email@example.com.
States and Regions
Participation in the ACT® Certified Work Ready Communities initiative is by application from state or regional leadership teams. The initiative launched in December 2011; Missouri, Oregon and South Carolina were in the first round of participating states and are making great progress in moving their state initiatives forward. Utah, Wyoming and the Virginia-Dan River Region Collaborative joined Round II in 2012. Michigan was among the first states to join Round III in 2013. Under this state/region model, counties in the state or region participate in ACT CWRC initiative effort under the auspices of the state or regional CWRC program.State Application *
ACT is now offering a county level program for individual counties in non-participating states to apply to participate directly with ACT in its CWRC initiative. Counties in a ACT Work Ready Communities participating state will need to engage through their existing state programs. To determine if your state is participating, please visit the website homepage.
A local CWRC leadership team should have representatives from local government, economic development, community/technical college, K-12 system, and business/industry. Best practice models have shown a local team comprised of these leaders is most successful in becoming a CWRC county. For more information, please download the ACT Work Ready Communities for Counties flyer.County Application *
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PARTICIPATING STATES AND REGIONS RECEIVE:
- Acceptance to ACT's CWRC Academy
- Process to build a framework to on board and certify all counties
- Common fundamental criteria to establish baseline goals for county certification
- Communication tools to help message initiative to key stakeholders
- Monthly data updates via this website to track progress against goals
NCRC data for non-participating states is also reported on this website, but without common criteria goals and business engagement data.