Become a Certified Work Ready Community
There are two paths to participate in the ACT® Certified Work Ready Communities initiative -- one for states/regions and another for individual counties not part of a participating state or region.
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.
ACT is now offering a pilot program for individual counties in non-participating states to apply to participate directly with ACT in its CWRC initiative. Counties in a CWRC 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.
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.