ECC, OIC team up to offer manufacturing training April 25, 2019

A local non-profit teamed up with Edgecombe County Community College recently to equip college and career readiness students with skills in manufacturing.

South Louisiana parishes look to link national certification to help students land local jobs April 24, 2019

Think of the high school ACT test and an exam for college-bound students comes to mind. But the organization that puts on the tests also offers one for high school students who plan to go straight into the workforce full time once they graduate.

It's called the Work Keys exam and it tests students on their ability to use applied math, understand workplace documents and correctly use information from charts and graphs. Successfully passed, the test earns a student an ACT National Career Readiness certificate.

Maryland leaders focus on job training during Hagerstown Community College celebration April 22, 2019

Saying that Maryland businesses need “homegrown talent,” Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford praised local job-training programs Thursday.

Rutherford and Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz were at Hagerstown Community College to help celebrate milestones in two training efforts.

The first was the formal opening of the new Energy and Trades Training Center on the HCC campus.

 The second was Maryland’s initial listing as a Work Ready Community through the ACT WorkKeys program

Economic Health is focus of Summit April 22, 2019

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is hosting an Economic Development summit in partnership with Entergy.  Summit is on May 7th from 9am to 2pm at the Thames conference center.  Lunch will be provided.

CTE Provides Lunch for Seniors Scoring Gold and Platinum on Workkeys April 19, 2019

Mitchell High School seniors scoring Gold and Platinum on Workkeys were rewarded on April 17, 2019 for their excellent score levels on the ACT WorkKeys Assessment.  The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at Mitchell High School provided a steak lunch for the seniors who at the top levels of Gold and Platinum on the exam.

ACT launches new Ready for Work podcast April 18, 2019

The Ready for Work podcast showcases the best and brightest in workforce development and career
education.  Powered by ACT’s mission of education and workplace success, the podcast equips stakeholders of the workforce ecosystem with trends, innovation, and action steps to help maximize the workforce. 

Launched in April 2019, the podcast’s interview format features promising practices in the field and  subject matter experts.  Bi-monthly episodes run 14-20 minutes.  Future content includes coverage of key conferences and events, such as the ACT Workforce Summit. 

Episode 1 features the Role of Economic Development in the Local Workforce Ecosystem and an interview with Will Coppage of the Washington County, MS Economic Alliance.  


Ascension looks to become work-ready community April 12, 2019

Ascension Public Schools, the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce, and the Ascension Economic Development Corporation hosted area businesses and dignitaries last Tuesday, April 2 at Sno’s Restuarant in Gonzales, Louisiana to discuss Work Ready Ascension.

Senior signing day for high tech auto manufacturing instead of collegiate sports April 10, 2019

For Gabriel Owens and Peyton Lowery from Hillcrest High School in Alabama, Tuesday marked a different kind of signing day. They aren’t athletes declaring which college team they would play for; they are students signing to work for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. Gabriel and Peyton were accepted into the program after achieving good

Boosting workforce competitiveness for Memphis April 09, 2019

This op-ed from the Memphis Commerical Appeal newspaper looks nearby to success in Mississippi's workforce competitiveness and how such benchmarks could help Memphis grow.

MHS WorkKeys scores look good on resumes WorkKeys test beneficial for students and employers April 04, 2019

Five students from the Marshfield High School Applied Communications course earned a Platinum Certificate, the highest achievement you can earn (see sidebar), on the ACT WorkKeys

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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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