I’m honored for the opportunity to serve on this important board,” Freeland said. “Through its diverse skills-training programs and participation in ACT Work Ready Communities, MGCCC has been a key partner of the Foundation and the industries we work so closely with. I look forward to helping further develop these programs and relationships that align a prepared workforce with employer demands and needs.

NLEP VP Angie White named to governor's task force May 07, 2020

White has led the NLEP workforce program since 2008 and was named Executive Vice President in January 2020. She coordinates the North Louisiana Ready2Work partnership, a coalition of economic and workforce development agencies, educational institutions, local governments, non-profit organizations and employers in North Louisiana working to grow awareness and use of ACT WorkKeys as a measure of workforce skills. For this work, she was named 2019 Louisiana ACT Workforce Champion and is a member of the national ACT Work Ready Communities Council. 

What Jobs Can be Performed at Home? ACT Presents New Opportunities for the U.S. Workforce May 04, 2020

ACT has developed an interactive database to view and compare occupation types according to the levels of contact needed to perform the jobs in each occupation. The dashboard uses O*NET skills data to define "high contact" occupations that have a high level of Physical proximity, Face-to-face discussion, or Contact with others. Economic and workforce developers can use the tool to determine which occupations have likely been impacted by pandemic-related layoffs, and which might be impacted in the future.

Wednesday, May 13 Work Ready System Recovery Webinar @ MU Extension April 27, 2020

As part of their Workforce Rally webinar series, the University of Missouri Extension will host “Work Ready System Recovery for COVID-Resilient Workforce Ecosystems” on May 13.

Regional workforce ecosystems must retool for the future following the pandemic. In this Zoom workshop, ACT Workforce Solutions and Work Ready Communities will help participants navigate challenging times and prepare for inevitable impacts on communities. Hear from WRC champions around the nation on efforts they’ve implemented to help move the dial in overcoming these challenges.

Podcast: Resilient Workforce Ecosystems Leading Skills-Based Economic Recovery April 24, 2020

As a pandemic impacts communities everywhere, regional workforce ecosystems must implement reemployment strategies to become more adaptable. Hear stories of resilience happening real-time. Check out Episode 21 of Ready for Work on our podcast page.

Jackson County now an ACT Work Ready Community April 17, 2020

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - Jackson County is now certified as an ACT® Work Ready Community. The board of supervisors reported the new certification Monday.

Southwest Tennessee Launches Career Readiness Network April 16, 2020

The Southwest Region of Tennessee, in conjunction with The National Rural Education Association and the Tennessee Board of Regents, has developed the Career Resource Network to help strengthen economic development in rural communities within the region. This regional digital portal provides one-stop access to resources and tools for school, staff, parents, and students in Chester, Henderson, Decatur and Perry regions.

PCDP issues report April 15, 2020

Latanza presented at the 2020 Annual ACT Conference on Preble County’s ACT Work Ready Community goals and status. The partnership also maintained their ACT Work Ready Communities status in March of 2020.

GICC's 2020 Plan of Work March 25, 2020

In 2020, we will continue with our signature programs for developing community leadership through Leadership Iberia, the FireStarter Project, and INSPIRE as well we remain active in local, state, and federal public policy issues.

Podcast: Smart Start Adult Ed Success with WorkKeys Curriculum February 28, 2020

Mississippi’s Smart Start program generates adult education completers with their high school equivalencies, career credentials, and college credit. Brownwyn Robertson is a Project Specialist with Smart Start inside the Office of Adult Education of Mississippi’s Community College Board. ACT’s WorkKeys Curriculum is one of the solutions that pulls together the learning content of Smart Start. Episode 20 of Ready for Work digs deeper into what makes Mississippi Smart Start successful.

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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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