Where there’s a will, there's a wage September 10, 2018

Since 2007, more than 1,000 Omaha residents, mostly African American and mostly low-income, have landed jobs in the growing manufacturing and tech sectors through targeted employment training in the city’s worst neighborhoods. The training began popping up after a local newspaper series noted that the booming Midwestern city had some of the most alarming racial disparities in the country, embarrassing civic leaders and politicians into action

ADP, PRCC to certify Greater Hattiesburg as ACT Work Ready Community September 10, 2018

City and county officials gathered Thursday at the Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg to celebrate the planned inclusion of Greater Hattiesburg – including all of Forrest and Lamar Counties – as an ACT Work Ready Community.

Craighead County becomes ACT work ready September 10, 2018

mployers in Craighead County now have one more tool to identify highly skilled workers for their companies. Craighead County is now an ACT Work Community, according to Jonesboro Unlimited.The purpose of establishing an ACT Work Ready Community is to close the skills gaps between potential employees and the needs of employers. Nationwide, more than 400 counties and 21,000 employers participate in the ACT Work Ready Program. Currently, 4.4 million people have attained their ACT Workkeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). An NCRC certificate has four levels – platinum, gold, silver, and bronze.

Unified Brands seeking career ready certified employees August 31, 2018


Chamber receives grant to fund WorkKeys August 28, 2018

The Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a grant to fund the WorkKeys program within the parish. The grant was a Delta Regional Authority State’s Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) grant for workforce training and development.

How to Sign Up to take ACT WorkKeys/NCRC in Washington County MS August 16, 2018

Video describes steps to sign up to take ACT WorkKeys/NCRC in Washington County, MS.  Part of Work Ready Communities.

St. James Works Newsletters August 15, 2018

The St. James Works Leadership Team is excited to share the progress of this endeavor and declare our appreciation to all who have partnered with us to:  LINK workforce development to education; ALIGN with the economic development needs of St. James Parish; MATCH individuals to jobs based on skill levels; and DEVELOP St. James Parish into a Work Ready Community. Attached is a copy of the Summer 2018 St. James Works Newsletter. This provides an update on the St. James Parish initiative to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community.  The Fall 2017 Newsletter is also attached for those not on the original distribution list.

Tech Center offering 2-year manufacturing skills course August 15, 2018

Washington County community organizations are helping expand the ACT Work Ready Communities program to help more residents and businesses benefit.

The Work Ready program, which was launched by Washington County Economic Alliance in January 2016, is designed to increase the county’s attractiveness to industries, increase the number of local jobs and streamline hiring processes by testing and certifying residents’ job skills.

Up until now, WCEA was the only community organization in Washington County working to test residents and create job profiles. However, that changed Monday with the start of the school year.

Tarrinasha Jones, director of Greenville Technology Center, a part of the Greenville Public School District, said high school students from area schools will have the opportunity to participate in a two-year Manufacturing Basic Skills course that ties into the Work Ready program.

WCEA’s executive director recognized as ACT Workforce Champion August 15, 2018

In January 2016, the Washington County Economic Alliance embarked on a mission to implement the ACT Work Ready program and get the county certified as a Work Ready Community. 

After a year of hard work, the WCEA achieved that goal, and in January 2017, Washington County became one of five certified counties in Mississippi by testing 571 residents with the ACT Work Keys exam.

Recently, Cary Karlson, executive director of the county’s economic alliance, was honored for the hard work he and his team have put in to the Work Ready program by being named an ACT Workforce Champion.

Taney County Receives Certified Work Ready Community Status August 15, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, MO –The Missouri Job Center hosted a celebration for Taney County becoming a Certified Work Ready Community on Friday, August 10 at OTC Table Rock Campus in Hollister, Mo. Area leaders, elected officials, and Job Center staff joined together to celebrate this important accomplishment.

Taney County completed their certification in the ACT® Work Ready Program in May 2018. To obtain certification, ACT® set goals for Taney County to meet in four areas, all of which were surpassed.

“ACT® Certified Work Ready Community status is another quality tool in our toolbox to drive economic growth, specifically when it comes to workforce development,” said Jonas Arjes, Executive Director, Taney County Partnership. “We are ready to help employers recruit better prepared employees.”


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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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