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Grant equips Oswego County, NY to improve local workforce December 03, 2018

Cayuga Community College received $92,084 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation last week to pilot a countywide workforce development initiative that would make Oswego County the first in the state — and the Northeast — to receive “Work Ready Community” designation by education and professional development nonprofit ACT.

Hawkins County among first WRCs in Northeast Tennessee December 03, 2018

Hawkins County is one of the first counties in Northeast Tennessee to be certified as a Work Ready Community. Hawkins County’s certification effort was spearheaded by Cooper Standard Human Resources Manager Gabrielle Buchanan and Hawkins County Industrial Development Board Coordinator Rebecca Baker.

Save the Date: 2019 ACT Workforce Summit November 28, 2018

Tentative dates for the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit are October 28-30 at Charlotte, North Carolina.  Stay tuned for more info.  Details and presentations from the 2018 summit in New Orleans are online for review as well.

ACT Introduces WorkKeys Estimator for Job Analysis November 27, 2018

ACT® WorkKeys® Estimator is a quick, step-by-step tool used to estimate the WorkKeys skill and skill
level requirements needed for entry into and effective performance in employer training, CTE, apprenticeship, occupations, and job selection at smaller employers.  Estimator helps document decisions concerning use of WorkKeys.&nb

Maryland shifts into high gear with Work Ready Communities November 27, 2018

Excitement continues to build as Washington County seeks the first ever Work Ready Community designation for Maryland.  Take a glimpse through the passion of employers, developers, educators, and community leaders at a recent signing ceremony in Hagerstown.

Partnerships fuel workforce education in Middle Tennessee November 27, 2018

Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Crossville not only offers a path to a postsecondary degree or certification, it also offers career development and workforce training opportunities for local industry and business.

“We’ve got over 500 people going to school here right now,” said Cliff Wightman, director of the Crossville TCAT campus during the Oct. 31 Workforce and Education Summit. “And 100 of those are high schoolers.”

Congrats video on Rutherford County, TN WRC Launch November 20, 2018

Rutherford County publicly launched their Work Ready Community initiative on Tuesday, November 13th.  Check out this congratulations video.

44 Holloway High Students Earn ACT WorkKeys Certification November 19, 2018

Rutherford County Chamber partners also announced their pledge to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community, demonstrating its commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, desirable to employers, economy developers and citizens of the county.

LORD Corporation turns to WorkKeys® assessments at UB to verify skills of production hires November 02, 2018

Data is of particular concern when filling open positions that do not require a degree and are primarily entry level. That’s why LORD utilizes three WorkKeys® assessments as an extra screening for machine shop, computer numerical control (CNC) machining, electronic assembly and testing division roles. They identify whether a candidate possesses a minimum skill level that can’t be measured through an interview.

ACT is pleased to publish the presentations and handouts from the recent ACT Workforce Summit in New Orleans. October 31, 2018

ACT is pleased to publish the presentations and handouts from the recent ACT Workforce Summit in New Orleans.  We thank you for your commitment to your students, workforce, and community, and we hope you find these resources useful for you as you prepare for continued growth.  Download the resources at no cost online.

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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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