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Certificates Earned!

More than 5 million people in the United States have earned the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® proving that they have the skills American employers need. Learn More.

Catawba County

Catawba County is a certified Work Ready Community that is actively engaged in maintaining their status.
Showing: Jan 1, 2012 to Dec 31, 2020

Goals updated only for participating counties

Status History:

Certified: Sep 2020

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Catawba County

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate [NCRC]

Workforce Total
Emerging High School 4883 1083 2513 1028 259
College 171 19 77 71 4
Current Private 1010 198 541 230 41
Public 508 131 285 86 6
Transitioning Adult Education 46 13 25 8 0
Unemployed 1835 458 1036 304 37
Recent Veteran 15 + 8 5 0
Workforce category not identified 320 74 144 71 31
Totals 8788 1978 4629 1803 378

The table above is a detailed breakdown of the same ACT WorkKeys NCRC data presented in the upper right box on this page and represents ACT WorkKeys NCRCs earned or improved throughout the community. All ACT WorkKeys NCRC data is updated monthly.

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Employers in Catawba County recognize or recommend the ACT WorkKeys NCRC

  • Burlington
  • ING Source Inc.
  • Abernethy Laurels
  • Wayne Brothers Inc.
  • Catawba Valley Medical Center
  • Shuford Yarns LLC
  • Utility Solutions Inc
  • Exela Pharma Sciences LLC
  • Bernhardt
  • Division of Workforce Solutions
  • Poppelmann Plastics USA LLC
  • Neptco Inc.
  • Hickory Living Magazine Inc
  • Carolina West Wireless
  • Personnel Specialists
  • Servpro of Catawba County West
  • Appalachian State University-Hickory
  • A Signco
  • The Carswell Team
  • Catawba County Government
  • Corning Hickory Manufacturing &
    Technology Center
  • Community Schools of Catawba
  • US Conec Ltd
  • Steele Rubber Products
  • ERZ Technologies LLC
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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 December 31, 2020 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through December 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.

WorkKeys® assessments are used across the nation, and many states have built their own Career Readiness Certificates based upon WorkKeys assessment results. You will find an asterisk denoting those states. This website will continue to evolve as the first two rounds of participating states give us feedback on what they would like to see -- and based on your feedback, as well.

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