PCC Notes: VISIONS program recruiting next crop of students September 20, 2017

WINTERVILLE — Officials with the Pitt Community College VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program are encouraging Pitt County public high school juniors to submit applications for membership.

ESCC’s Race4Literacy kicks off adult education, literacy week September 20, 2017

Last year, Dunn said, ESCC served 862 students, with 142 passing one or more parts of the GED exam, 109 earning GEDs and 25 receiving high-school diplomas through the HSDO program.

Dunn said ESCC also works with students to take the test to qualify for the National Career Readiness Certificate.

Cenla is now a 'work-ready community.' Here's why that's a big deal September 20, 2017

For Central Louisiana's economy to grow, it needs to show it has a work force that's capable and ready to do the job.

That's why local economic developers are excited about the regional recent designation as a "work-ready community."

Callaway County declared work-ready September 20, 2017

Local leaders and luminaries gathered Tuesday to celebrate Callaway County's recognition as a Certified Work Ready Community.

"It took a lot of help," Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said of the process.

For the past 2 years, he and many others in the community have worked to achieve the work-ready status as part of the Missouri Certified Work Ready Communities initiative. Bruce Hackmann, economic development director at the Callaway Chamber of Commerce, and chamber Executive Director Tamara Tateosian were among those closely involved in the process.

Tom Green County Earns Work Ready Status September 11, 2017

: Tom Green County has earned a nationally recognized certification as a ACT Work Ready Community. The Work Ready Communities program will help Tom Green County develop a pipeline between skilled workers and employers. Work Ready communities improve and measure the skill level of their workforces through a recognized standard – the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™.  This credential is issued at the bronze, silver, gold or platinum levels to indicate career readiness. To earn the community certification, local leaders attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy, an executive leadership program designed by ACT. They then worked toward certification goals by building awareness among, cooperation with and a commitment by local employers, policymakers, educators and economic developers.

Profile: Denny Smith, PhD, SHRM-CP September 06, 2017

HR Professionals Magazine

 Excerpt: Denny Smith currently serves as President of SHRM’s Tennessee Valley Chapter, proudly supporting over 100 members by providing professional development, networking, and current information and research in the field of Human Resources, in addition to influencing legislation on state and national levels. In his role as Director of Testing and Assessment for Calhoun Community College, Denny understands the need for partnerships and collaboration between colleges, employers, and the community to promote student success, advance a qualified workforce, and contribute to stronger local economic development

Library’s Digital Training Center Helps Adults Update Job Skills September 01, 2017

The Santa Barbara Public Library System announces the opening of SBPL Works!, a career training center that will provide basic computer skills and workforce preparedness training.

Execs: NC must change education to win job wars September 01, 2017

States and countries that figure out how to compete in the coming jobs wars will be big economic winners, Lewis Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, told about 200 people at the Chamber’s 2017 Conference on Educationat the Sheraton Imperial in Durham on Thursday.

Workforce Initiative Summit held at Crowder September 01, 2017

A sizable crowd of employers, civic leaders and others were on hand Tuesday at Crowder College for the Newton County Workforce Initiative Summit.


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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.

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