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Maryland leaders focus on job training during Hagerstown Community College celebration April 22, 2019

Saying that Maryland businesses need “homegrown talent,” Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford praised local job-training programs Thursday.

Rutherford and Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz were at Hagerstown Community College to help celebrate milestones in two training efforts.

The first was the formal opening of the new Energy and Trades Training Center on the HCC campus.

 The second was Maryland’s initial listing as a Work Ready Community through the ACT WorkKeys program
Horizon Goodwill Partners with the Adult and Continuing Education Departments at Hagerstown Community College and Allegany College of Maryland March 16, 2019

Horizon Goodwill Industries GetOnBoard! job readiness program partnered with Hagerstown Community College and Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland, MD, and Hagerstown, MD to prepare Get Onboard! Participants to earn their National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and improve their chances at obtaining better career opportunities. These services will be available at no cost to the participant. As the program continues HGI, HCC and ACM will be able to analyze the data from the students that graduate with the NCRC credentialing to see if it contributes to the community's overall advancement to offer a workforce that is well-educated and trained.

Hagerstown Community College hopes for workforce development legislation support January 05, 2019

Hagerstown Community College President Jim Klauber will be closely watching a handful of proposals during the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session, which begins Wednesday in Annapolis. Klauber has requested support from local legislators for a pilot program to get Washington County certified as a Work Ready Community through ACT’s WorkKeys program.

Maryland shifts into high gear with Work Ready Communities November 27, 2018

Excitement continues to build as Washington County seeks the first ever Work Ready Community designation for Maryland.  Take a glimpse through the passion of employers, developers, educators, and community leaders at a recent signing ceremony in Hagerstown.

Hagerstown Community College wants to launch drive to boost workers, employers October 03, 2018

Helping people move into good-paying jobs, and helping employers fill key openings, is the aim of a program introduced to Washington County on Monday.

ACT's WorkKeys — which includes a national career readiness certification for individuals, job profiles for companies and a work-ready status for communities — was the topic of a 90-minute presentation by Denny Smith.

Smith is the director of testing and assessment at Calhoun Community College in Alabama. Jim Klauber, Hagerstown Community College's new president, came to Hagerstown from Calhoun and has seen WorkKeys in action.

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.

Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.