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Rutherford tapped to lead Chamber May 21, 2019

The school system joined with local employers to offer a work ethic diploma for high school students demonstrating good attendance, behavior, career readiness training and industry certifications. Tennessee College of Applied Technology is working toward Cumberland County becoming a “Work Ready Community” under a program from ACT Inc

New Mississippi economy scorecard shows upward trends for jobs and opportunities May 21, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Those working to further improve Mississippi’s numbers on future economy scorecards will tell you that workforce development is key.

“There’s never been a stronger focus on creating the type of workforce that’s ready for today and the jobs of the future than now,” said Mississippi Economic Council President and CEO Scott Waller.

The Mississippi Economic Council hopes to see more schools and communities looking to the programs like ACT WorkKeys. While the ACT gauges college readiness, WorkKeys gauges career readiness.

Pott County ECO DEVO, Manhattan Chamber hosting workforce crisis summit May 20, 2019

Workforce issues are affecting numerous industries with not enough workers and not enough potential employees with the correct soft skills. Allston says it’s a major factor in more schools offering WorkKeys assessments to high school students.

Arkansas county added to career readiness database, aimed to attract major business employers May 20, 2019

  • CRITTENDEN, Co. - Crittenden County is one of 10 places in Arkansas added to the National Career Readiness Certification data base.

Marion County achieves ‘work ready’ status May 13, 2019

Corey Mehaffy, executive director of the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council (NEMO EDC), announced earlier this week that Marion County has achieved official designation as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC).

Lunenburg Leaders Make Official SWRC Announcement May 09, 2019

LUNENBURG – Lunenburg County Community Leaders officially announced Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that Lunenburg County has been named the seventh county in the State of Virginia to become a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC).  The announcement was made at 2 p.m. at Benchmark Community Bank. This initiative has been guided by key community leaders such as our County Administrator, Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Planner, Lunenburg County Public Schools, our Chamber of Commerce, and most importantly our local businesses and workforce agencies.

Work Ready Oswego NY Initiative Making a Mark May 08, 2019

A groundbreaking new initiative in Oswego County has the potential to mark the community as the first in the Northeast to earn a skilled-workforce designation that could lure new businesses and jobs to the area. Led by Cayuga Community College’s Executive Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development Carla DeShaw, the ACT Work

ACT seeks partners for WorkKeys Efficacy Study May 07, 2019

Take this opportunity to learn more about how ACT WorkKeys scores relate to grades, program completion, productivity, job performance ratings, and more. ACT is conducting efficacy research to examine relationships between the WorkKeys 2.0 assessments and relevant performance outcomes. Participating partners receive a powerful institution-specific report at no charge as well as study results aggregated across participating institutions.

WashCoMS 1st County in the US to the Reach 3rd Maintenance Tier of ACT WRC Cert. May 02, 2019

The Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA) is pleased to announce that Washington County has met all the criteria to reach the third maintenance tier to retain their ACT Work Ready Community certification. Washington County is the first participating county in the United States to achieve third tier certification.

“ACT congratulates Washington County, Mississippi, first in the nation to achieve the third tier Work Ready Communities certification,” Fred McConnel, Director of Work Ready Communities at ACT. “The leadership team in Washington County is a model for the nation to leverage the Work Ready Communities framework in the alignment of training and capture of growth opportunities for new and existing employers.”

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Lunenburg county VA celebrates acheiving Work ready community status.  

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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.


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