McNary High School in the certified county of Marion, Oregon promotes WorkKeys as an alternative for students struggling to meet graduation requirements. The posting by MHS also promotes the National Career Readiness Certificate benefits of employability and college credit with the NCRC.
Hawkins and Sullivan counties are the first counties in Northeast Tennessee to achieve Work Ready Community certification through the ACT National Career Readiness Certification program. Workforce development officials with the First Tennessee Development District say other counties in the region are close to obtaining the designation.
One of the largest crowds ever attended the Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 annual membership banquet at the Breaks Park on Friday night, Dec. 7 with the launch of ACT Work Ready Community Initiative for the county. The WRC local team presented a video for the attendees on Work Ready Communities and what it will mean to Dickenson County once we become certified.
ACT Tessera Workforce is a new product coming in January designed to help improve life skills and guide professional development. The product will be at the center of a new strategic partnership between ACT and the International Youth Foundation®, the global nonprofit dedicated to positive youth development and workforce readiness.
Adult education programs at the Emerson Family School continue to go strong, with more than 130 new enrollments this year, not including students already in the program. Emerson offers several adult education programs, including high school equivalency courses, high school diploma completion courses and WorkKeys certification. In August, Emerson added an English conversation class on Fridays, mainly catering to the families of international researchers at Mississippi State University.
New research highlights the NCRC as a signal of the skills needed for success in the labor market and in postsecondary education. Specifically, this study examined the relationships between NCRC level and unemployment claim duration, employment status, wages, and postsecondary grades.
“The Career Placement Pilot was a goal we all agreed could benefit our community – a win-win for both businesses and jobseekers,” Pierce said. “GFDC has often heard from local businesses that they have felt the absence of a Workforce Development Office since the Nebraska Department of Labor withdrew from our community several years ago. Now, this Career Placement Pilot is making in-person connections of work-ready jobseekers to our employers.”
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Louisana Department of Education released the 2018 School Performance Scores (SPS) for K-12 schools showing that DeRidder High School earned a letter grade of “A” with a 94.7 performance score. In addition, the school was named a “Top Gain Honoree” and earned an “A” for progress under the new scoring system. All high schools are evaluated based on 25 percent assessment performance and progress, 25 percent ACT/WorkKeys, 25 percent strength of diploma and 25 percent cohort graduation rate.
"We're showing new businesses that are looking at the area that we really have a growing area, and all of a sudden we have a proven workforce that has passed the test and met the criteria they need to bring the business here," said Paul Ipock, chair of the Webster County Board of Commissioners.