Smiley speaks to Chamber about SVCC's Career Readiness Certificate August 05, 2016

A large crowd attending the July meeting of the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce learned about Southside Virginia Community College and what it has to offer from Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development. Smiley talked about The Career Readiness Certificate

County gains Work Ready status August 05, 2016

Joined by Gov. Jay Nixon, Buchanan County and St. Joseph leaders celebrated the arrival of a new worker certification program Thursday. Nixon came to the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica headquarters to announce the county’s arrival in the Certified Work Ready Community program, marking the ninth time he’s visited the St. Joseph company....

Clay County is certified as a Work Ready Community August 03, 2016

Clay County has become the 34th Missouri county to become a certified Work Ready Community and the only one in the Kansas City area. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recognized the county’s designation in an event Tuesday afternoon...

Testing aligns workforce with employers August 01, 2016

Part of the effort to more closely align the workforce with what employers are seeking is the Work Ready Communities program. Created by American College Testing, an organization best known for the ACT college entrance scoring test, Work Ready Communities offers a testing system that evaluates individual job seekers for their workplace....

What ‘Work Ready’ status means for Randolph County July 29, 2016

The governor of Missouri doesn't show up in town for just anything, but he did show up at Moberly City Hall earlier this week to congratulate Randolph County on receiving Work Ready Community Status. But what exactly does that mean for Randolph County residents?

Lawrence County becomes Work Ready Community July 28, 2016

Lawrence County (Missouri) CWRC Announcement June 2016 WIB-TV

Officials look into workforce system July 26, 2016

ACT Work Ready Communities is just that when it comes to linking workforce development to education. Dr. Ruth R. Nichols – Assistant Vice President for Community and Economic Development at Alcorn State University – presented the layout of the program to representatives from Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties at Northeast at Corinth.

Randolph County earns 'Work Ready' status July 26, 2016

ACT has recognized Randolph County as a "Certified Work Ready Community." “Missouri is a national leader in manufacturing growth and new business creation,” Gov. Nixon said. “The Certified Workforce Ready initiative will help communities like Randolph County attract and train the skilled workers needed to meet the demands of our growing economy.

Officials: New Bakery With At Least 50 New Jobs Heading To Joplin July 18, 2016

A Missouri Workforce Innovation Board member says the company is looking for many workers. "We're talking about a complete facility, from top to bottom," says Bubba Evansco with the Workforce Innovation Board of Southwest Missouri. … Evansco says the new company wants employees who have a National Career Readiness certificate.

Wayne County jail, WorkOne partner to provide job testing July 13, 2016

The Wayne County jail has partnered with Indiana Department of Workforce Development's WorkOne and its affiliate organizations to provide local inmates the opportunity to gain work-ready certification ahead of their release from custody

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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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