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ALJHS accomplishments highlighted at Marengo BOE meeting June 10, 2019

Seale also shared data updates for the ACT WorkKeys assessment, which measures successful workplace skills such as business writing, workplace observation and applied math.

Throughout the school system, 162 seniors took the WorkKeys assessment this school year with 8 earning a platinum certificate, 22 earning gold, 76 earning silver and 42 earning bronze.

Seale also shared data updates for the ACT WorkKeys assessment, which measures successful workplace skills such as business writing, workplace observation and applied math.

Throughout the school system, 162 seniors took the WorkKeys assessment this school year with 8 earning a platinum certificate, 22 earning gold, 76 earning silver and 42 earning bronze.

Parish taking steps toward ACT Work Ready Community June 10, 2019

Representatives of education, government, business and economic development in Lincoln Parish this week joined their counterparts in four other north Louisiana parishes in taking the first steps toward
becoming ACT Work Ready Communities.

Adams 12 alternative schools offer WorkKeys tests June 10, 2019

Adams county CO alternative schools offer WorkKeys testing for students

Ouachita Parish first on I-20 corridor to become ACT Work Ready community June 06, 2019

Ouachita Parish became the first parish on the I-20 corridor to obtain the status of an ACT Certified Work Ready Community as of May 22. 

Jumping the Curve in Workforce Development May 24, 2019

Check out this helpful resource by Ed Morrison at Purdue University's Agile Strategy Lab, as mentioned on Episode 4 of the Ready for Work podcast.

Work Ready status could help area recruit business, jobs May 21, 2019

A key factor to bringing new business to town is proving that there’s a supply of qualified workers to fill the payroll, and Pike County now has that proof, according to Southwest Mississippi Community College Workforce Training Director Wendy Smith.

In March, Pike County received certification as an ACT Work Ready Community

Rutherford tapped to lead Chamber May 21, 2019

The school system joined with local employers to offer a work ethic diploma for high school students demonstrating good attendance, behavior, career readiness training and industry certifications. Tennessee College of Applied Technology is working toward Cumberland County becoming a “Work Ready Community” under a program from ACT Inc

New Mississippi economy scorecard shows upward trends for jobs and opportunities May 21, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Those working to further improve Mississippi’s numbers on future economy scorecards will tell you that workforce development is key.

“There’s never been a stronger focus on creating the type of workforce that’s ready for today and the jobs of the future than now,” said Mississippi Economic Council President and CEO Scott Waller.

The Mississippi Economic Council hopes to see more schools and communities looking to the programs like ACT WorkKeys. While the ACT gauges college readiness, WorkKeys gauges career readiness.

Pott County ECO DEVO, Manhattan Chamber hosting workforce crisis summit May 20, 2019

Workforce issues are affecting numerous industries with not enough workers and not enough potential employees with the correct soft skills. Allston says it’s a major factor in more schools offering WorkKeys assessments to high school students.

Arkansas county added to career readiness database, aimed to attract major business employers May 20, 2019

  • CRITTENDEN, Co. - Crittenden County is one of 10 places in Arkansas added to the National Career Readiness Certification data base.

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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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