MSSC Summit to address best practices in diverse outreach and apprenticeship August 05, 2020

The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, host of several popular training and career pathways credentials that integrate the WorkKeys NCRC, announced their August 20th virtual summit, MSSC: Closing the Skills Gap in Texas in the Manufacturing and Logistics Sectors. While the summit highlights success in Texas, the content is applicable nationally. Reaching out to diverse populations and apprenticeship are among themes for the summit.

Council of State Governments Features WRC Resiliency Model in National Webinar July 28, 2020

The Council for State Governments published a webinar with thought leaders that have been at the forefront of providing resources for and otherwise helping to shape a new era of remote learning. Along with insights from Western Governors University and AT&T, ACT provided trends and best practices in K-12 pandemic learning along with recovery strategies through the workforce ecosystem. The Work Ready Communities portion runs in the 31-41 minute marks of the video.

Magazine: NCRC, WRC among tools for post-covid economic competitiveness July 23, 2020

FDI Alliance Magazine published a guest article from WRC champion Rob O'Brian on post-pandemic strategies for economic development location competitiveness. The article opens with guidance on interpreting data, followed by skills-based strategies. In addition to effectiveness of the National Career Readiness Certificate and Work Ready Communities, O'Brian showcased successful demand-driven partnerships.

Quick Start Action Planner Aids Workforce System Recovery July 21, 2020

WorkforceGPS, a professional development and research resource from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, published a Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP) for their Pathway to Recovery initiative. WorkforceGPS organizes Pathway to Recovery resources into five categories - Service Delivery: Job Seeker and Business Customer, Labor Market Information, Partnerships & Planning, and System Infrastructure & Capacity. Published July 15 by DOL, the QSAP is now integrated into ACT's Resiliency Toolkit, available by request.

Video: Success Story Highlights Ex-Offender Success with NCRC in Western Arkansas July 21, 2020

Enjoy this inspiring success story of Jacob Holtschulte and his journey from corrections to a career, thanks in part to Adult Education and the WorkKeys NCRC. The video features local leaders describing how this approach makes a difference.

CLO Predicts Employer Demand for Learning and Development July 20, 2020

Demand for e-learning delivery, evaluation, and competency development top the list of highest in-demand learning and development components in the next 12 to 18 months, according to research published by Chief Learning Officer magazine. The study illustrated a spectrum of optimism amidst the 1,500+ professionals participating in the research. These trends may be useful to local Work Ready Communities seeking to understand the demands for potential solutions like WorkKeys curriculum and assessments, along with profiling of job tasks and curriculum outcomes.

Fed Reserve Promotes Role of Libraries in Workforce Development July 14, 2020

Now more than ever, public libraries are valuable extensions of local workforce development. In many Work Ready Communities, libraries are helpful testing partners as well. The Atlanta Federal Reserve showcased how libraries are mobilizing for the economic fallout associated with COVID-19 such as facilitating unemployment insurance enrollment, referrals to food banks, and other services for immediate needs. Library staff are also thinking longer term about how shelter-in-place orders could expand telework in the future, how libraries can continue to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, and how they will continue to assist job seekers to connect to training opportunities and prepare for job openings.

Clark County WRC Wins Prestigious NAWB Award June 29, 2020

The ACT Work Ready Community (WRC) of Clark County, NV netted high honors today by the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). The prestigious Laurie Moran Partnership Award from NAWB holds a special meaning to ACT's Work Ready Communities family as well. Laurie Moran was one of the first members of the advisory board that launched WRC. NAWB presented the award during their national Forum conference. Check out the video overview of Clark County's accomplishments.

Metalworx to Relocate Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility to Grayson County June 24, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Metalworx, Inc., a manufacturer of highly-engineered and precision-manufactured components, assemblies, and products for a variety of industries, will invest $7.6 million to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing functions from South Carolina to the former Core Fitness Complex in Grayson County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 59 new jobs.

New Toolkits Help Navigate Workforce Ecosystem Challenges June 09, 2020

While 2020 presents the most challenging year yet for local workforce ecosystems, ACT is pleased to announce two new toolkits to navigate recovery and resource development. The first is ACT's Grant Proposal Developer Toolkit. Using a logic model approach, the toolkit helps overcome common pitfalls in proposal development. The toolkit also helps strengthen proposals with relevant data, situational analysis, and ideal objectives. The toolkit can help you convert strategies into actions and ACT’s workforce solutions into winning outcomes.  

The second toolkit, Resilient Workforce Ecosystems Leading Skills-Based Disaster and Economic Recovery, guides local planners and leaders deploy the five-part ALEDA model to navigate new complexities.  The five components include adapt, lead, deploy, engage, and analyze.

For more information on the toolkits and to get connected with an ACT colleague, please send an email to  

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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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