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St. James Parish, Louisiana

Student of the Year and Platinum NCRC Holder Signs with Millsaps College May 19, 2021

Jaydon Hamilton spent his entire childhood playing baseball, but something just clicked for him with football once he started high school at West St. John. He was recently honored at a St. John Parish School Board meeting for earning a platinum score on the ACT-WorkKeys.

South Louisiana parishes look to link national certification to help students land local jobs April 24, 2019

Think of the high school ACT test and an exam for college-bound students comes to mind. But the organization that puts on the tests also offers one for high school students who plan to go straight into the workforce full time once they graduate.

It's called the Work Keys exam and it tests students on their ability to use applied math, understand workplace documents and correctly use information from charts and graphs. Successfully passed, the test earns a student an ACT National Career Readiness certificate.

St. James Works Newsletters August 15, 2018

The St. James Works Leadership Team is excited to share the progress of this endeavor and declare our appreciation to all who have partnered with us to:  LINK workforce development to education; ALIGN with the economic development needs of St. James Parish; MATCH individuals to jobs based on skill levels; and DEVELOP St. James Parish into a Work Ready Community. Attached is a copy of the Summer 2018 St. James Works Newsletter. This provides an update on the St. James Parish initiative to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community.  The Fall 2017 Newsletter is also attached for those not on the original distribution list.

SCPDC Awarded an LED Workforce Development Grant in Partnership with St. James Works to support “St. James Parish Construction Academy” December 04, 2017

South Central Planning and Development Commission in partnership
with St. James Works received a grant funded under LED Workforce
Development/Capacity Building Grant Program.

St.James Parish Participates in Work Ready Communites June 21, 2017

St. James Parish- ACT Work Ready Communities (Welding) 2-22-17

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 June 30, 2021 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through June 30, 2021 , 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.