Job Profiles Completed 109
NCRC Data: 01-01-2006 - 04-30-2017
Engaged May 2013
792 560 640 259 279 391
1058 929 1107 460 668 648
232 166 232 92 128 103
0 3 2 0 2 3
13 of 83 counties participating
About Michigan Work Ready Communities
The Michigan Work Ready Communities (MiWRC) initiative is a voluntary effort to align workforce and education to meet the talent needs of Michigan employers. The focus is on creating a more competent, work-ready talent pipeline to promote economic stability and growth. In partnership with ACT, the initiative is guided by key community members including business leaders, educators, and workforce development professionals.
The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC®) is a nationally recognized workplace skills credential that documents skill levels. To earn an ACT NCRC, an individual takes three ACT WorkKeys® assessments that measure skills critical to on-the-job success: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.
Since 2007, every Michigan 11th-grade student has been required to take both the ACT® college readiness assessment and the three ACT WorkKeys® assessments needed to earn an ACT NCRC. These measures have helped high school students better understand their college and career readiness levels. The ACT WorkKeys assessments are embedded into efforts of community colleges and workforce development organizations across the state. The result: Michigan is the number one state in the nation on a per capita basis for ACT NCRCs earned.
A west Michigan team led by Talent 2025 is piloting the Michigan ACT Work Ready Communities effort. The stated vision of Talent 2025 is for "west Michigan to be globally recognized as a top 20 region by 2025." The ultimate objective of Michigan ACT Work Ready Communities is to improve the quality of the region's talent by leveraging the ACT NCRC.
Michigan has adopted the ACT Work Ready Communities common criteria to certify counties. Early successes include aligning testing fees, publishing testing sites and hours, highlighting the value of an ACT NCRC to high school students, embedding the certificate into several training and education programs, and gaining the support of employer champions such as Wolverine Coil Spring, Mercy Health, Cole's, Express Employment Group, Flexco, and Alliance CNC.
Members of the Michigan ACT Work Ready Communities team include state representatives from workforce and the governor's office along with regional members from Talent 2025, Michigan Works, Wolverine Coil Spring, Lakeshore Advantage, Kent Intermediate School District, and Grand Rapids Community College. For more information, contact a business services representative at Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michigan employers are recognizing the ACT NCRC in support of Work Ready Communities goals
- Lake County Administration Office
- IRCO Automation Inc.
- Dean Consulting Group
- Ann Arbor Carpet and Floors
- Reliable Relamping
- Gun Lake Casino
- Pierce Medical Products Inc.
- Dean Foods
- Corvac Composites LLC
- Michigan Turkey Producers
- Stiles Machinery
- Behler-Young Company
- Kenona Industries Inc.
- Beene Garter LLP
- Rapid Line Inc.
- ProStaff Solutions
- Mico Industries
- Fusion IT LLC.
- Challenge Manufacturing
- Wolverine World Wide
- Cascade Die Casting
- Rest Haven Homes Inc.
- Hope Network Behavioral Health Services
- Walker Tool & Die
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