ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels
Job Profiles Completed 235
ACT WorkKeys NCRC Data: 01-01-2006 - 03-31-2018
Engaged September 2012
31 57 155 150 93 118
38 99 192 59 53 86
29 40 30 16 24 55
2 2 4 13 23 28
8 of 134 counties participating
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 danriverrc.org
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.
Virginia employers are recognizing the ACT WorkKeys NCRC in support of Work Ready Communities goals
- Universal Fibers Inc.
- Appalachian Power Company
- Citizens Bank & Trust Company
- Martin Marietta Materials Inc. - Amelia
- ProChem Inc.
- Halifax idustrial Development Authority
- Brunswick Chamber of Commerce
- South Hill Chamber of Commerce
- Caremed Inc.
- Armor Correctional Health Services
- Danville Police Department
- Helton House Inc
- Heritage Hall
- Lunenburg Correctional Ctr.
- Virginia Marble Manufacturers
- Amthor International Inc.
- Virginia State Police
- Wayland NSG & Rehab
- Virginia Family Services
- USMC Recruiting
- Twin Lakes State Park
- The Woodland Inc.
- Staunton River State Park
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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.