Workforce Essentials Course with WorkKeys Helps Alabama High Schools Meet Standards February 07, 2019

One of the most important jobs of a high school is to prepare students to become productive citizens in the world of work. The Department of Labor and Regulation provides a free opportunity for high school students to get a “picture” of their “real world” skills. The assessment is WorkKeys® and it has been identified as the leading job skills assessment in the nation. Questions on the assessment are based on everyday work world situations and helps identify skills that are relevant and critical to job success

Workforce Essentials Course with WorkKeys Helps Alabama High Schools Meet Standards February 07, 2019

Chambers County AL uses WorkKeys tests as part of their career readiness initiative.

Crossville, TN enjoys success with Horizon Initiative and WRC goals February 07, 2019

Work Ready Community designation offered by ACT Inc. to certify worker skill in applied math, reading for information and locating information. Cumberland County is the first Middle Tennessee county to seek the designation.

Morehouse Parish receives NLEP TOP of Mind Award February 07, 2019

The Top Event, held by the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, is an event at which awards are presented to the best in economic development. The TOP of Mind Award is one of the awards given and recognizes programs and projects that provide workers to support current and future employers.

This year’s recipient was North Louisiana Ready2Work of which Morehouse is a part along with multiple surrounding parishes.

In recent years Morehouse joined Northeast Louisiana Ready2Work to help create a bigger network of communities who are work ready. The Ready2Work Program allows parishes to become known as certified work ready through use of the WorkKeys Exam. Morehouse is in the midst of being certified having attained 80% of its goals within the program.

Indy burb enjoys stronger alignment in pursuit of Work Ready Communities February 02, 2019

The strength of a community can be measured in many ways. And everyone knows that when the job market is strong, the community thrives.  In Johnson County, the ACT Work Ready Community program was launched earlier this month by the Johnson County Development Corporation. ACT Work Ready communities are billed as a part of a national infrastructure creating community-based networks to link, align and match America’s workforce.

Woodbury County First in Iowa to Earn Work Ready Status January 28, 2019

KSCJ was on hand Friday Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state and regional dignataries celebrated Woodbury County as Iowa's First Work Ready Community. 

Reynolds: Woodbury County's skilled workforce gives region a leg up January 28, 2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday praised Woodbury County officials, as their efforts resulted in the first Iowa county to achieve certification in national initiative designed to match skilled workers with jobs in demand. Reynolds said that's an important honor for Woodbury County, and hopes other Iowa counties get on board as well.

BILL CRAWFORD: Moving to market based testing in high schools makes sense January 28, 2019

More and more industries and college technical training programs require employees to take the national WorkKeys test, which assesses a person’s readiness for employment in different types of jobs. In response to this demand, more and more communities are moving to become “work ready” communities

RTV6 News: Indy's Johnson County launches Work Ready Communities initiative January 24, 2019

Indianapolis ABC affiliate RTV6 featured Johnson County, Indiana's official launch to become a Work Ready Community. The news feature highlights WorkKeys NCRC availability at the Johnson County Library and covers efforts to connect certified job candidates with local employers.

Local leaders address skill gap impacts in Charleston, SC January 22, 2019

Leaders examine and address skill gaps for minorities and others in need in Charleston, SC


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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.

WorkKeys® assessments are used across the nation, and many states have built their own Career Readiness Certificates based upon WorkKeys assessment results. You will find an asterisk denoting those states. This website will continue to evolve as the first two rounds of participating states give us feedback on what they would like to see -- and based on your feedback, as well.

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