Watauga County

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

Goals updated only for participating counties

Status History:

Certified: Dec 2018

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of maintaining goals completed

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Maintaining Goals

Workforce Goals Actual NCRC
Emerging green check mark 193 944
Current green check mark 80 149
Transitioning 374 236
Workforce category not identified 9
Goals Actual
Improved Certificates 16 3

Employer Supporting Goals

Employers supporting
superscript of grey circle with letter I New and reaffirming employers support goal 82
superscript of grey circle with letter I New and reaffirming employers support actual 10

Watauga County

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate [NCRC]

Workforce Total
Emerging High School 856 154 411 229 62
College 88 10 36 42 0
Current Private 85 11 43 29 +
Public 64 9 42 12 +
Transitioning Adult Education 6 + 5 0 0
Unemployed 227 28 111 70 18
Recent Veteran + 0 + + 0
Workforce category not identified 9 4 + + 0
Totals 1338 217 651 387 83

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
  • Woodgrain Millwork
  • Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation
  • Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare
  • Chetola Mountain Resort
  • High Country Council of Governments
  • Horizon Mediaworks LLC
  • Food Lion
  • North Carolina National Guard
  • NWFXpress
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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.

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