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Tessera Workforce powers success for citizen re-entry July 17, 2019

A pilot re-entry program in Connecticut found success using ACT's new Tessera Workforce assessment and playbook.  Qualitative data suggests increased awareness and inreased abilities among participants to self-assess work readiness skills.  More on the research findings and project components is found in the recent report Using Experiential Problem-Solving and Interactive Community Building to Increase Using Experiential Problem-Solving and Interactive Community Building to Increase Access to Workforce Readiness Skill-Building When Using ACT Tessera Workforce: A Case Study of Nine Returning Citizens in Bridgeport, Connecticut by Dr. Tina M. Manus, PhD

Jeff Fox: A tool to assess worker readiness July 15, 2019

Local business leaders are still pushing to get Jackson County registered as a “Certified Work Ready Community.” About 200 businesses need to sign up for that to happen.

“It’s important to do this, even if you’re not hiring right now,” Lara Vermillion, president of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, told business owners and others at a recent chamber gathering.

New Iberia is ACT Work Ready July 10, 2019

It has been reported that the biggest issue, nationwide, hindering businesses’ growth is the inability to find qualified applicants to fill the job. Research shows there is a considerable gap between the skills needed for the job and those possessed by the individuals hired to do that job. In efforts to build a stronger workforce in Iberia Parish, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, along with partnering agencies and sponsors, has applied to become an ACT certified Work Ready Community, part of a national initiative that equips high school students (and adults) with the necessary skills to succeed in the modern workplace and then links employers with those newly-skilled employees.

Delta seeks to reverse population loss with new jobs and WRC June 29, 2019

The population of the Mississippi Delta continues to decline, but the Delta Strong project of the Delta Council strives to make sure workers are trained and ready when needed by industry by providing training through the ACT Work Ready Communities program.

LaSalle Parish, LA earns Community Impact award June 28, 2019

LaSalle Parish, LA is one of several Work Ready Communities recognized by Trade and Industry Development Magazine’s Community Investment and Corporate Impact Awards.  The county’s success with the LaSalle Lumber Company project is showcased on page 66 of the print and digital edition.

Pittsylvania County, VA earns Community Impact award June 28, 2019

Pittsylvania County, Virginia is one of several Work Ready Communities recognized by Trade and Industry Development Magazine’s Community Investment and Corporate Impact Awards.  The county’s success with the Harlow Group project is showcased on page 66 of the print and digital edition.

Washington County, MS wins Impact Award from Trade and Industry Development magazine June 28, 2019

Success of the Nufarm project in the WRC of Washington County, MS helped land one of the Top 15 Community Impact Awards from Trade and Industry Development Magazine.  The segment on Washington County appears on page 64 of the print and digital editions.

WorkKeys helps screen new substitute teachers in Mississippi June 28, 2019

The Petal, MS school district seeks to fill a 50-seat training with new substitute teachers to overcome skill gaps for the upcoming school year.  For those lacking enough college credit, district officials offer WorkKeys as a proxy to qualify.   

Kellogg’s plans huge distribution center in Marshall County (Updated) June 24, 2019

Kellogg’s joins Pyrex's parent company and Amazon as major employers planning large distribution facilities in Marshall County in recent months.

Corelle Brands Investing $27.7M In Mississippi June 24, 2019

Corelle Brands LLC is moving a portion of its manufacturing and distribution operations to Marshall County, MS. The manufacturer and marketer of houseware brands such as Pyrex, Snapware and Corelle plans to invest $27.7 million in the construction of a new facility and create approximately 400 jobs by the end of June 2020.

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