Site Selection Magazine Publishes Annual State of the State Rankings January 13, 2022

Where people are located and how the infrastructure serves them depend in large part on where opportunity and growth are occurring. That’s where Site Selection’s annual State of the States report comes into play. ACT's WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate drives the workforce quality portion of the index.

Independent Panel Links WorkKeys College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education January 13, 2022

The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the extent to which the three WorkKeys assessments making up the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®) crosswalk to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE), a subset of the Common Core State Standards. Since the National Reporting System’s (NRS) Educational Functioning Levels (EFL) for Mathematics and Language Arts also use the CCRSAE as their foundation, the results of this study can be extended to demonstrate a crosswalk to the NRS EFLs. The ACT® WorkKeys® Curriculum is the only curriculum built from the ground up to align with the assessments. As a result, this crosswalk can also be used to demonstrate alignment between the WorkKeys Curriculum and the CCRSAE.

Arkansas WRC Lands $3B Advanced Steelmaking Facility January 13, 2022

A steel facility engineered to bring together the most advanced technology is coming soon to the Work Ready Community of Mississippi County, AR and Osceloa.  This first use of endless casting and rolling technology in the United States brings significant energy, efficiency, and capability enhancements to the company’s operations.

PCDC Celebrates Decade of Milestones December 29, 2021

The economic development office for Preble County — the Preble County Development Partnership — celebrated 10 years of collaboration during a special investor event. some of the things that make Preble County attractive to developers is that it is a Certified ACT Work Ready Community, provides quick access to Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, is located near the crossroads of America and is a single day’s drive to 60 percent of the USA and Canadian populations.

True Manufacturing Selects WRC for 175 New Jobs December 17, 2021

The Work Ready Community of Butler County landed 175 new jobs for True Manufacturing with a new $21 facility in Poplar Bluff, MO. With more than 3.7 million square feet across its Missouri manufacturing facilities, True Manufacturing is committed to products that are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the United States. The company’s new facility will enable expanded production of its current line of products and occupy all 54 acres of Poplar Bluff’s newest industrial park.

Southwest Virginia Lands Workforce Expansion December 08, 2021

Scott County, Virginia, a Work Ready Community in progress, netted 30 new jobs with an expansion of VFP, Inc. The Southwest Virginia region competed against Missouri and Oklahoma to win the expansion. Company leaders and elected officials cited workforce quality as a key factor in a press release from Gov. Northam.

Podcast: Nine Elements to Improve Apprenticeship Quality and Completion November 26, 2021

With increased investment in apprenticeship comes increased expectations. ACT joined forces with local apprenticeships successful in skills-based hiring and national thought leaders on what’s needed to boost quality and completions in apprenticeship. Coming out of this collaboration is a new toolkit from ACT. We packed the toolkit with resources and scalable options of good, better, and best to provide apprenticeship coordinators flexibility in how to organize their efforts. The toolkit is organized into nine elements to boost quality and apprenticeship, across the domains of learning, working, and thriving.

Power of Promise Scholarships Includes WorkKeys in Applicant Standards November 19, 2021

Cleco announced applications are being accepted for its Power of a Promise Scholarship which  includes full tuition, books, a stipend for incidentals and a paid internship at the company's  Brame Energy Center near Boyce, La. A combination of skill attributes includes WorkKeys as a qualification option.

Pike County Deploys WorkKeys for Nuclear Energy Jobs November 19, 2021

The United Steel Workers Union Local 1-689, the Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety, and Environmental Education, The Village of Piketon, and the Pike County Career Technology Center announced on Thursday that they are working together to offer free training for local job seekers who want to fill open positions at the Department of Energy Piketon Site, as well as for the existing workers so they can cross-train to maintain employment as work scope and skill mix requirements change. Pike County Career Technical Center slated through mid-December for a February onboarding.

West Michigan Meets Employer Demand for Skilled Talent with Registered Apprenticeship November 18, 2021

The National Association of Workforce Boards showcased the West Michigan Works region for promosing practices in meeting needs of employers. The article includes tips on building strong partnerships, devoting resources, incentives, support, and cohorts.