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Oct '19 Nov '19 Dec '19 Jan '20 Feb '20 Mar '20 Oct '19 Nov '19 Dec '19 Jan '20 Feb '20 Mar '20 761 272 272 272 272 272 272



51 117 48 38 42 18



176 153 145 82 104 58



96 68 71 41 77 28



69 45 43 31 41 24

Number Of Monthly ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned
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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 WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT WorkKeys NCRC®) is a nationally recognized workplace skills credential that documents skill levels. To earn an ACT WorkKeys NCRC, an individual takes three ACT WorkKeys® assessments that measure skills critical to on-the-job success: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Working Documents.

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 WorkKeys 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 WorkKeys 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 WorkKeys 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 WorkKeys 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 info@miworkready.org.

This website reports the ACT® WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates earned at the county and state level and the progress being made by those participating states and counties in the ACT Work Ready Community initiative. This site only represents data stored in the ACT RegiSTAR™ system, a web-based reporting and management tool for ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates.

State and national ACT WorkKeys NCRC data runs from January 2006 through March 31, 2020 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through March 31, 2020 , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level ACT WorkKeys NCRC data collection began in January 2012 for WorkKeys Internet Version, and in July 2012 for pencil and paper assessments. State and national certificate totals include historical data prior to 2012.

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