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76 438 228 135 242 206



88 294 219 114 203 179



36 114 95 44 86 90



26 56 48 23 68 45

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About Southern Virginia Certified Work Ready Communities

The Commonwealth of Virginia is implementing ACT Work Ready Communities through a local or regional economic development approach — utilizing Southern Virginia's Dan River Region as its pilot. In April 2014, the Commonwealth established its criteria consisting of the ACT Work Ready Communities Common Criteria and a threshold high school diploma or equivalent attainment rate of 70% or more of working adult population (ages 18-64). The Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia will certify localities or regions that meet established benchmarks for these criteria.

Southern Virginia's WRC initiative is an effort to align workforce and education to meet the unique economic needs of the region. Southern Virginia is the first regional-state hybrid in the country to be selected by ACT to participate in this program. It is guided by key community and state leaders including elected officials, economic development, business leaders, chambers of commerce, educators and workforce development.

Southern Virginia's vision for the Certified Work Ready Communities is to create a new regional workforce story that leads to business retention, expansion and relocation. The CWRC program works in concert with the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), and serves as a validating tool that a community has a skilled labor force for targeted industries.

Process for Virginia counties and regions to engage

Southern Virginia's CWRC Pilot program started in August 2012 with the Regional certification program launching in July 2013.

To learn more, please visit the Dan River Region Collaborative. Contact us at

To participate in the ACT Work Ready Community initiative there will be three phases implemented over a period of two years.

Phase 1 - January 2015. Submit an application to ACT to participate as a region in the CWRC initiative.
Phase 2 - Spring 2015. Join the ACT Work Ready Community Academy to learn how to successfully launch your local initiative.
Phase 3 - July 2016. Certification attained.

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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