NETWORKS focusing on getting out message, workforce development October 17, 2016

Venable touted a new eight-county effort to improve workforce development by having industry, businesses and students embrace the ACT Work Keys program to become a Work Ready Community. Venable said Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge agreed to lead the effort.

New diploma to emphasize career, technical fields October 17, 2016

An additional requirement of this new diploma sets another goal to get the graduates workforce ready. The National Career Readiness Certificate is a standardized test that covers applied mathematics, locating information and reading information. Employers use it as a benchmark when considering new employees

Alexander County named Certified Work Ready Community October 12, 2016

The North Carolina Chamber Foundation announced it has approved Alexander

Mesa County Becoming "Work Ready" October 05, 2016

Mesa county is the first county in Colorado to become Work Ready, a nationwide program backed by the same ACT organization testing High Schooler Students before graduation. The idea is similar-- the organization tests job seekers on skills in reading, math and locating information. Workers are then ranked bronze through platinum.....

SC students improve on test of college readiness October 05, 2016

Juniors take the ACT and WorkKeys tests in the spring. The tests, which assess a student’s readiness for college or a career, are required under a 2014 law and announced each fall.

Preparing for holiday jobs in a work ready community October 05, 2016

In Mesa County, the unemployment rate is at 5.3 percent, down from 6 percent last month, according to reports. Two new developments could help bring the rate even lower. Mesa County is becoming a Work-Ready Community....

Wayne County attains ‘work-ready’ status October 05, 2016

Wayne County economic development officials hope a recent national certification for the area's workforce will help further engage existing businesses and attract more employers to the area. The county was certified as a Work Ready Community this month by Iowa-based nonprofit ACT....

Regional initiative aims to close the skills gap October 05, 2016

An announcement on Monday indicated seven Northeast Tennessee counties will be joining Sullivan County in a quest to close the skills gap in the region. Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge announced the regional initiative for the counties to attain the ACT Work Ready Communities designation.

Certified Work Ready Program success October 05, 2016

"I don't understand why every business small, medium, large wouldn't use this program," said Guy Voltz, Cell Phone Medics. Guy Voltz with Cell Phone Medics is a big fan of Certified Work Ready Program. He's used it to fill several jobs, including hiring Kelsey Lucas.

Gov. Nixon announces St. Francis daycare grant October 05, 2016

The governor also congratulated local business leaders and government officials on Nodaway County’s recently granted status as a Certified Work Ready Community....

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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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