Central Louisiana vying to be among first 'work ready communities' January 30, 2014

The Cenla Work Ready Network has been a resounding success in identifying thousands of local people as possessing qualities that make a good employee. The next step is to spread the program to local businesses.

PBS NewsHour Highlights ACT WorkKeys January 23, 2014

PBS NewsHour writes, “For American industry, finding employees who have all the requisite skills is a big challenge, and hiring people who don’t stack up can cost businesses a great deal of money.” Click on headline to view their full report highlighting ACT WorkKeys.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recognizes newly Certified Work Ready Communities January 16, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 16, 2014 Gov. Nixon recognizes workforce development efforts of businesses and community leaders in Franklin County in announcing proposal for increased funding for Missouri Works Training.

Site Selection Magazine - January Digital Edition January 02, 2014

January 2013: Site Selection magazine is an internationally circulated business publication covering corporate real estate and economic development. This year, they published the State of the States information which includes state ACT National Career Readiness Certificate data. Please see page 74 for the full story.

Businesses to embark on work force initiative December 04, 2013

The St. Joseph Metro Chamber 2013 Winter Chairman’s Breakfast, held Tuesday at Holiday Inn, served as the venue for kicking off the Certified Work Ready program. More than 170 people attended the event.

We're Young. We're Educated. And We're Certified! August 15, 2013

Utah is well known for its young, educated, bilingual, skilled workforce, but a new initiative underway will make that workforce stand out even more by earning the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Educators & Employers Cultivate a Skilled Workforce July 26, 2013

Perhaps no program in the region has been more beneficial to employers than the WorkKeys Profiling and Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Based on ACT’s WorkKeys system, the CRC assesses job seekers’ foundational skills to ensure they are ready to work in today’s technology-driven environment.

Utah Work Ready Communities July 06, 2013

Achieving the Utah Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) designation is an important milestone for economic and workforce development in any community. It means the community is integrated into a new eco-system that links education and workforce, aligns to economic development and matches employers to jobs.

Local leaders kick off work-ready initiative June 23, 2013

If a large number of people earn the certificate and Southside receives the Certified Work Ready Community designation, it will show that the region’s workers have skills needed to do modern jobs “in a measurable way,” which should help in recruiting companies, said Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins.

NCRC helps Missourians work sooner, earn more May 17, 2013

The research partnership examined the average earnings, entered employment, and retention rates by NCRC and education levels of Adult enrolled clients over three years. The results quantifiably demonstrate the benefits to jobseekers that choose to demonstrate their skills via the completion of such assessments.



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This website reports the ACT® 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 National Career Readiness Certificates.

State and national 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 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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