ACT Work Ready Communities for Counties
For Counties in non-participating states
By participating in the ACT Work Ready Communities [WRC] initiative, counties can identify skill gaps and quantify the skill level of their workforce. This helps educators build career pathways aligned to the needs of business and industry -- and it also helps a community stand out and be recognized for its workforce development efforts. A strong workforce is a tremendous economic development advantage.
Counties engage in ACT Work Ready Communities through successful completion of the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy. ACT offers two Academy cohorts per year for county teams, typically in the spring and fall. For those interested in engaging in the initiative there is an application process managed via the ACT WRC website. Interested counties should complete and submit an application online to join the next Academy group.
A county Work Ready Communities leadership team should, at minimum, have representatives from local government, economic development, workforce development, community/technical college, K-12 system, and business/industry.
What do Counties bring?
- Each county shall organize a cross agency team of government, educators, workforce, economic development and business/chamber leaders
- Two team members from each county shall participate in the ACT WRC Academy - which consists of four two day sessions spread over a one year period
- While there is no direct fee to participate in the Academy, the participating county representatives are required to fund their travel to all fours sessions, and pay a registration to cover session meals and snacks
- Counties shall commit to developing, launching and sustaining a successful county certified ACT Work Ready Community
- Counties shall have ACT WorkKeys tests and ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates accessible for individuals and employers
What does ACT bring?
- ACT shall provide the Academy consisting of four two day sessions over a one year period
- ACT shall work with counties to establish initial goals based on ACT Work Ready Communities Common Criteria
- ACT shall provide data, process and tools in the Academy to drive county initiative success
- Data: ACT WorkKeys NCRC and employer supporting data for each counties
- Process: The ACT WRC Academy to help counties build a WRC initiative
- Tools: Monthly website delivery of data, communication tools and more
By participating in the WRC initiative, counties can both identify skill gaps and quantify the skill level of their workforce. This helps educators build career pathways aligned to the needs of business and industry -- and it also helps a community stand out and be recognized for its workforce development efforts. A strong workforce is a tremendous economic development advantage.