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Hagerstown Community College wants to launch drive to boost workers, employers October 03, 2018

Helping people move into good-paying jobs, and helping employers fill key openings, is the aim of a program introduced to Washington County on Monday.

ACT's WorkKeys — which includes a national career readiness certification for individuals, job profiles for companies and a work-ready status for communities — was the topic of a 90-minute presentation by Denny Smith.

Smith is the director of testing and assessment at Calhoun Community College in Alabama. Jim Klauber, Hagerstown Community College's new president, came to Hagerstown from Calhoun and has seen WorkKeys in action.

Fifteen Missouri Counties Earn Work Ready Status September 25, 2018

Fifteen Missouri counties recently earned Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) status. Knox, Osage, Gasconade, Holt, Atchison, Texas, Gentry, Taney, Worth, Bates, Ralls, St. Clair, Montgomery, Ozark and Cass counties each earned the designation.

Spotlight Louisiana September 21, 2018

Mention of ACT WRC in Lousiana parishes and the impact on Economic Development.

Regional effort under way to expand Work Ready program September 20, 2018

Mesa County remains the first and only certified Work Ready Community in Colorado. But that could soon change.

Efforts are underway to expand the program in other West Slope counties, said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction.

Hagerstown Community College wants to launch drive to boost workers, employers September 19, 2018

Helping people move into good-paying jobs, and helping employers fill key openings, is the aim of a program introduced to Washington County on Monday.

ACT's WorkKeys — which includes a national career readiness certification for individuals, job profiles for companies and a work-ready status for communities — was the topic of a 90-minute presentation by Denny Smith.

Jones a certified ‘Work Ready Community’ September 19, 2018

The Economic Development Authority of Jones County and Jones College met with business and industry leaders last Tuesday to announce Jones County’s participation in the ACT Work Ready Community Certification initiative.

After being accepted into the program in October of last year, Sandy Holifield of EDA and Greg Butler of JC attended four required academies, receiving the instruction necessary as part of the certification process.

CHS students show improvement on ACT test September 18, 2018

The number of Carson High students who met all four benchmarks on the ACT test college prepatory test improved by 1.5 percent over the last year.

All high school juniors in the state take the ACT test. In 2018, 11.8 percent of CHS students taking the test met all four benchmarks in English, reading, math and science. That was an improvement over 10.3 percent who met all four benchmarks in 2017

Louisiana featured in American Airlines magazine in September September 14, 2018

Also mentioned are Lafayette Regional Airport’s future $90 million terminal; the Interstate 20 Cyber Corridor anchored by Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana Tech University and Monroe; and the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance’s groundwork in establishing its 10-parish region as an ACT Work Ready Community

Having Problems Finding Talent? The WorkKeys Tool Can Help September 14, 2018

Now more than ever, Michigan businesses need a strong, skilled workforce. Yet with the tight labor market, finding the right talent can be challenging. The WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a standardized tool employers can use to gauge a prospective employee’s work skills. Has your business considered using this tool? 

WorkKeys is a national, standardized job skills assessment system that, by state mandate, is administered to all juniors in our state’s public high schools. The WorkKeys NCRC system is currently supported by 252 companies in Michigan and used to assess a job applicant’s core competencies in applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information. These three, key skills have been identified as the foundation for 90% of all jobs today.

Clark County agencies look to identify more qualified workers for local jobs September 14, 2018

Several area agencies, including the Chamber of Greater Springfield, Clark State Community College and Ohio Means Jobs of Clark County, have been working for about a year to certify Clark County in an ACT Work Ready program, said Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services for the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

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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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