Pottawatomie County improves its employee base by being 'Work Ready" January 05, 2017

he Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) has worked with local community leaders, educators and employers to certify Pottawatomie county as an ACT Work Ready Community. The ACT website shows that Pottawatomie County is the third county in the state to join over 140 certified counties in the nation.

National career readiness certificate attracts attention from local job seekers and employers January 04, 2017

Bianca Johnson, job seeker, is adding a new page to her job applications: the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate. Johnson, 45, a college graduate, earned the nationally recognized certificate this month after completing a three-hour test that measures reading comprehension, applied math and other skills.

Partnership implements new program January 03, 2017

Hailed as "one of the most significant and valuable programs we have ever provided to businesses," Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) President Robin Fitzpatrick encourages area business leaders to learn more about ACT WorkKeys,

West Alabama officially becomes an ACT Work Ready Community January 03, 2017

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama just received a new certification that will help people better prepare to enter the workforce. The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama says they are the first metro community in the entire state to meet all ACT work ready qualifications. ACT Work Ready provides standardized tests that see what a person's work

New diploma offered to students who fail high school graduation exam January 03, 2017

He said one, a veteran who had been out of school for 10 years, is now taking standard community college courses. He said one of the first to enroll was a student who had earned the 24 credits needed to graduate but failed parts of the exit exam, and had been out of school for three or four years. His scores on the ACT WorkKeys exams earned him the

Hunter Houston, Ridge View’s ACT Platinum scorer January 03, 2017

Senior Hunter Houston, a Ridge View High School BioHealth Sciences magnet student, scored at the Platinum level on the ACT WorkKeys assessment. ACT WorkKeys assessments include both cognitive (hard) and non-cognitive (soft) skills tests that enable students to determine the skill levels they have achieved,

ECC bolsters career preparedness January 03, 2017

Edgecombe Community College is giving job applicants an edge through a program that certifies essential workplace skills. Historically, job applicants with solid educations have a leg up in the process. But in today’s job market, a degree may not be enough, said J. Lynn Cale, associate vice president of instruction at ECC.

CHS students excel in work-ready test January 03, 2017

Hard study and hard work is paying off for dozens of Carthage High School students who placed in the top levels in a test to predict how they will perform when they leave school for the workplace.

Boone County certified as a "work ready" community January 03, 2017

Boone County's workforce has made the grade in an initiative that seeks to ensure residents have the skills they need to get good jobs. The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Boone County's official designation as a Certified Work Ready Community at a ceremony at the Regional Economic Development Inc. main office on Wednesday.

Getting to Work to Become Work Ready January 03, 2017

Nearly half of the available jobs in America are middle-skill jobs that require more than a high school education but less than a four-year degree. From 2008-2018, 47% of middle-skill jobs in Mississippi will have openings. To meet this demand, communities across the nation are taking steps to train workers to become more work ready.

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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.

Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.