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Turner leaving chamber April 20, 2018

Amber Turner is stepping down as the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce’s director of workforce development and education.

John Seymour, president and CEO of the chamber, announced today Turner is leaving her position March 30 to become the interim executive director of the North Alabama Workforce Development Alliance.

Morgan County Economic Development Association promotes Penny Townson April 20, 2018

The Morgan County Economic Development Association has promoted Penny Townson to the position of vice president.

HANCOCK COUNTY LAUNCHES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE April 13, 2018

Hancock County is launching a workforce development program and is joining the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative.  Dr. Scott Alsobrooks of Pearl River Community College who serves as Chairman of the Hancock County Workforce Committee made the announcement today during the Annual Meeting of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce.  Hancock County will be the first on the Mississippi Coast to be certified.

AR Counties Launch ACT Work Ready Communities April 10, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Three counties in Arkansas-- Grant, Arkansas, and Jefferson are launching efforts to become certified ACT work ready communities. 

This initiative is designed to assist these counties in developing its workforce in hopes of giving their communities an economic advantage. 

Gov. Hutchinson Recognizes WRC Efforts April 09, 2018

Video with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announces the launch for Arkansas, Grant, and Jefferson counties in pursuit of becoming Work Ready Communities

A CVTC-led Coalition wants Eau Claire County to become an ACT Work Ready Community April 09, 2018

Candidates can get a job with an impeccable resume, suave interview and stellar references. They passed the hiring process, but isn't necessarily the best way to tell if someone will thrive in the workplace.

The First Work Ready Community in the State April 04, 2018

Officials at the Workforce Center say they started working towards this goal about a year ago.

Officials say that being a Workforce Ready Community means showing local employers what Mesa County's skilled work force looks like.

In order to receive this award from the National Career Readiness Certificate, the Workforce Center tested job seekers and current employers on math, reading and the ability to locate information.

While labor pool drains, efforts under way to fill applicant pipeline April 04, 2018

Even as the Mesa County labor pool drains, a variety of efforts are under way to maintain a pipeline of qualified job applicants.

Southeast Arkansas Counties Launch ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative April 04, 2018

Three counties in Southeast Arkansas: Arkansas, Grant, and Jefferson, today announced that it will launch efforts to meet all criteria to become certified ACT Work Ready Communities. The initiative will be officially launched during a celebration, which will be held on April 9, 2018, at the State Capitol Rotunda, from 10:30am-11:00am. Governor Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker.

A skilled workforce is key to higher wages April 04, 2018

Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge recently recalled an incident late last year when representatives of a South Korean auto parts manufacturer visited Jonesborough to scout the Washington County Industrial Park as a possible site for a new plant.

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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.


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