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Parish Achieves Certification as ACT Work Ready Community February 20, 2019

DeSoto Parish and North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) recently jointly announce that DeSoto Parish has met all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community. This achievement caps a 14-month engagement process and begins a two-year growth and maintenance phase to retain certification

Webinar: Measure What Matters and Improve Your Workplace February 19, 2019

When evaluating candidates for a vacant position or current staff for a promotion, many factors go into the decision. Essential skills – sometimes called soft skills, life skills, or non-cognitive skills – in the workplace have received a bit of buzz lately, and, at ACT, we know the value they have in the workplace.  Discover how measuring essential skills in your workplace can have positive impacts and predict workplace outcomes. Feel confident putting emphasis on essential skills for human resource decisions.  Make plans to join this webinar to learn more.

Ivy Tech CNC Program Using WorkKeys Wins Award February 19, 2019

Congratuations to Ivy Tech Comunity College's Terre Haute campus on a state-level award for it's CNC operator program. This CNC program is intended to allow students to get jobs in the machining industry. WorkOne helped to selectively admit students into the program using a variety of screening tools including WorkKeys.

US based workforce organization launches development solution in the Phillipines February 19, 2019

Servicio Filipino Inc., a leading workforce provider in the Philipines; and its subsidiary SFI Carreer Center teams up with ACT.

DeSoto Parish achieves certification as ACT Work Ready Community February 13, 2019

DeSoto Parish has met all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community, according to a joint announcement Monday from DeSoto Parish school officials and North Louisiana Economic Partnership

HPD Recruitment WorkKeys 2 February 12, 2019

Police department uses WorkKeys NCRC.

Site Selection Magazine: Our annual 50-state report takes you on a guided tour of economic development laws, leaders, policies, indicators and projects from the past year. Use it as you look to update your location portfolio. February 12, 2019

Welcome to State of the States 2019, an annual compendium of data that matter to global corporate location decision-makers looking for places to grow in the United States. In addition to containing updated legislative, demographic, economic and education data points, this edition includes the fourth annual installment of Rankings That Matter. This year this six-point scoreboard features the following

The 2019 Regional Workforce Development Rankings February 12, 2019

Site Selection Magazine's Ranking components here are: (1) CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2018 Workforce and Education sub-ranking; (2) Forbes’ Best States for Business 2018 Labor Supply sub-ranking; (3) U.S. News’ 2018 Best States for Education rankings; (4) ACT National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) Rankings; and (5) average number of workforce development enactments passed in state legislatures (most recent data).

Nixa Has National Career Readiness Certificate February 11, 2019

YouTube video geared to students

3 NELA parishes pursue Work Ready Community certification February 08, 2019

As of Thursday, the three-parish certification effort went live on the ACT Work Ready Communities map. The region will have two years to meet goals related to number of certificates earned in various categories and employers supporting the initiative

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


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