Watauga County

Watauga County is a certified Work Ready Community that is actively engaged in maintaining their status.
Showing: Jan 1, 2012 to Mar 31, 2019

Goals updated only for participating counties

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69%

of maintaining goals completed

Maintaining Goals

Workforce Goals Actual NCRC
Emerging 193 810
Current 80 174
Transitioning 374 263
Workforce category not identified 9
Goals Actual
Improved Certificates 16 3

Employer Supporting Goals

Employers supporting 84
New and reaffirming employers support goal 82
New and reaffirming employers support actual 8

Watauga County

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate [NCRC]

Workforce Total
NCRC
Bronze
NCRC
Silver
NCRC
Gold
NCRC
Platinum
NCRC
Emerging High School 720 121 361 199 39
College 90 10 37 43 0
Current Private 107 + 52 35 +
Public 67 10 43 14 0
Transitioning Adult Education 6 + 5 + 0
Unemployed 254 35 122 75 22
Recent Veteran + + + + 0
Workforce category not identified 9 4 + + +
Totals 1256 198 623 371 64

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

Employers in Watauga County recognize or recommend the ACT WorkKeys NCRC

  • Vulcan Materials Company *
  • Vulcan Materials Company *
  • Appalachian State University *
  • The Mast General Store Inc. *
  • ECS Carolinas LLP *
  • Baxter Healthcare Corporation *
  • Kirlin Carolina's
  • Tweetsie Railroad Inc. *
  • Town of Blowing Rock *
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Club *
  • Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce *
  • Boone Area Chamber of Commerce *
  • Town of Beech Mountain *
  • Interflex Group *
  • Bayada Home Health Care *
  • Tar Heel Capital Corporation dba Wendy's
    Restaurants *
  • Woodgrain Millwork *
  • Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation
    Center *
  • Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare *
  • Chetola Mountain Resort *
  • High Country Council of Governments *
  • Horizon Mediaworks LLC *
  • Food Lion *
  • North Carolina National Guard *
  • NWFXpress *

* Pending re-affirmation

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Maintaining Goals

Workforce Goals Actual NCRC
Emerging 193 810
Current 80 174
Transitioning 374 263
Workforce category not identified 9
Goals Actual
Improved Certificates 16 3

Employer Supporting Goals

Employers supporting 84
New and reaffirming employers support goal 82
New and reaffirming employers support actual 8

Watauga County

Service Delivery for ACT WorkKeys NCRC


Participating High Schools

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If you are an employer and want more information on how to access services, please contact:

Watauga County Office of Economic Development
828-264-3082

Improved ACT NCRC


To/From Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Not Earned 1 0 0 0
Bronze 1 0 0
Silver 1 0
Gold 0

About ACT


Founded in 1959, ACT is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, and dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT provides a broad array of assessment, research, information and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development.

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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 March 31, 2019 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through March 31, 2019 , 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.