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Oregon high school offers WorkKeys alternative for students struggling to graduate December 17, 2018

McNary High School in the certified county of Marion, Oregon promotes WorkKeys as an alternative for students struggling to meet graduation requirements. The posting by MHS also promotes the National Career Readiness Certificate benefits of employability and college credit with the NCRC.

First two counties in Northeast Tennessee certified as Work Ready December 13, 2018

Hawkins and Sullivan counties are the first counties in Northeast Tennessee to achieve Work Ready Community certification through the ACT National Career Readiness Certification program. Workforce development officials with the First Tennessee Development District say other counties in the region are close to obtaining the designation.

WRC launch results in largest annual banquet for Dickenson County, VA December 13, 2018

One of the largest crowds ever attended the Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 annual membership banquet at the Breaks Park on Friday night, Dec. 7 with the launch of ACT Work Ready Community Initiative for the county. The WRC local team presented a video for the attendees on Work Ready Communities and what it will mean to Dickenson County once we become certified.

ACT Will Introduce New Product to Improve Workforce Readiness in Partnership with International Youth Foundation December 12, 2018

ACT Tessera Workforce is a new product coming in January designed to help improve life skills and guide professional development. The product will be at the center of a new strategic partnership between ACT and the International Youth Foundation®, the global nonprofit dedicated to positive youth development and workforce readiness.

WorkKeys joins robust workforce solutions at Emerson Family School in MS December 12, 2018

Adult education programs at the Emerson Family School continue to go strong, with more than 130 new enrollments this year, not including students already in the program. Emerson offers several adult education programs, including high school equivalency courses, high school diploma completion courses and WorkKeys certification. In August, Emerson added an English conversation class on Fridays, mainly catering to the families of international researchers at Mississippi State University.

Research: Higher NCRCs improve workforce outcomes in Missouri December 10, 2018

New research highlights the NCRC as a signal of the skills needed for success in the labor market and in postsecondary education. Specifically, this study examined the relationships between NCRC level and unemployment claim duration, employment status, wages, and postsecondary grades. 

Locals find jobs through Fremont Career Placement Pilot program December 10, 2018

“The Career Placement Pilot was a goal we all agreed could benefit our community – a win-win for both businesses and jobseekers,” Pierce said. “GFDC has often heard from local businesses that they have felt the absence of a Workforce Development Office since the Nebraska Department of Labor withdrew from our community several years ago. Now, this Career Placement Pilot is making in-person connections of work-ready jobseekers to our employers.”

ACT recruiting partners for NCRC efficacy study December 10, 2018

Take this opportunity to learn more about how ACT WorkKeys scores related to grades, program completion, productivity, job performance ratings, and more.  Partners receive free institution-specific reports along with study results aggregated across participating institutions.  

WorkKeys Helps DeRidder High School Earn ‘A’ in State Accountability Program December 06, 2018

Louisana Department of Education released the 2018 School Performance Scores (SPS) for K-12 schools showing that DeRidder High School earned a letter grade of “A” with a 94.7 performance score. In addition, the school was named a “Top Gain Honoree” and earned an “A” for progress under the new scoring system. All high schools are evaluated based on 25 percent assessment performance and progress, 25 percent ACT/WorkKeys, 25 percent strength of diploma and 25 percent cohort graduation rate. 

Webster County Board of Commissioners Praises Work Ready Communities Designation December 06, 2018

"We're showing new businesses that are looking at the area that we really have a growing area, and all of a sudden we have a proven workforce that has passed the test and met the criteria they need to bring the business here," said Paul Ipock, chair of the Webster County Board of Commissioners.

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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.


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