McDowell County

McDowell County is a certified Work Ready Community that is actively engaged in maintaining their status.
Status History:

Certified: Dec 2015

Maintained 1: Sep 2017

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of maintaining goals completed

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Maintaining Goals

Workforce Goals Actual NCRC
Emerging green check mark 1442 1991
Current green check mark 352 393
Transitioning 1206 1125
Workforce category not identified 15
Goals Actual
Job Profile 3 0

McDowell County

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate [NCRC]

Workforce Total
Emerging High School 1734 412 897 360 65
College 257 16 135 100 6
Current Private 257 27 123 104 +
Public 136 15 80 35 6
Transitioning Adult Education 19 + 14 + 0
Unemployed 1105 203 679 219 4
Recent Veteran + 0 0 + 0
Workforce category not identified 15 + 8 + +
Totals 3524 679 1936 824 85

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.

+ Value less than 4

Supporting Colleges and Universities

These institutions in McDowell County grant college credit to enrolled students who have earned the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®). Learn More

Employers in McDowell County recognize or recommend the ACT WorkKeys NCRC

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  • YMCA of Western North Carolina
  • Countryside BBQ LLC
  • Hook & Anchor Family Seafood
  • Ethan Allen
  • Mc Dowell Cornerstone Cu
  • IPDC
  • Ben Patton Land Surveying PLLC
  • Baxter Healthcare Corporation
  • Kirlin Carolina's
  • Zaxbys
  • G.E.M. Constructors
  • Tar Heel Capital Corporation
    dba Wendy's Restaurants
  • ComServ Inc
  • Duke Energy
  • Pilot Flying J
  • K-21 Corporation of Marion
  • TalentForce
  • Charter Communications
  • Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
    Marion NC
  • Community Action Opportunities
  • Mcdowell
  • McDowell County Schools
  • McDowell Hospital
  • Crooked Door Coffee House Inc.
  • Books By Steve Little
  • Aflac
  • Catawba Valley Staffing
  • Little and Lattimore P.A.
  • Bagwell Insurance Agency Inc
  • Joanne Howle Realty
  • Asta Family Enterprisers LLC
    Dba Lightning Lanes
  • WBRM Inc
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  • Morrow Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Hook and Anchor
  • Countryside BBQ
  • Baldor
  • Master's Hand Print
  • Rutherford Polk McDowell
    Health District
  • Marion Business Association
  • Killough's Music & Loan Inc
  • Sharon L. Parker pA
  • McDowell County
  • IAC
  • Coats North America
  • South McDowell Quarry
  • McDowell Cornerstone Credit
  • McDowell Technical Community
  • Columbia Forest Products
  • Freedom Life Ministries
  • City of Marion
  • Foothills Industries of
    McDowell County Inc.
  • Key Gas Components
  • Metal Industries Inc.
  • Haldex Brake Products
  • McDowell Chamber of Commerce
  • CarePartners Hospice and
    Palliative Care McDowell
  • YMCA of Western North Carolina
  • ahaynes
  • Crane Co.
  • Janesville Acoustics
  • Manpower
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • RockTenn
  • Does your business support job applicants with an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate?

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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 August 31, 2020 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through August 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.

    Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.