TUSCALOOSA, AL, March 25 – Representatives from Shelton State Community College, West Alabama Works, and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama announced two important workforce initiatives during a press conference held at Benjamin Barnes YMCA on Friday.

Free Classes for Jobless March 30, 2016

College leaders have announced a new Manufacturing Boot Camp that will be offered beginning April 13. The 40-hour program, split into two increments, will provide participants with the entry-level, basic training many employers have said is vital for success. Boot Camp participants will have an opportunity to receive the National Career Readiness

Job fair set at SVCC March 28, 2016

Workforce Development at Southside Virginia Community College will hold a job fair on Wednesday, March 30, from 2-4:30 p.m. at the college’s Alberta Campus at 109 Campus Drive in Alberta. Attendees are asked to bring photo identification, resumes and a WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate. Admission is free and open to anyone seeking a job.

Job Fair Coming to Emporia March 28, 2016

A Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia. The Fair is free and open to the public. Dress to impress, bring résumés, a photo ID, and copy of WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate. The WorkKeys certificate will get you in the door at 1:45 p.m.

BarCo earns work ready designation March 28, 2016

Barry County has officially been designated as a Certified Work Ready Community. The designation, considered an important national milestone in demonstrating local workforce readiness, was announced in a special ceremony held Friday at the Monett Chamber of Commerce.

EKU Madison, Garrard County Adult Education programs recognized March 28, 2016

Both the Madison and Garrard County Adult Education programs ranked in the top 25 programs in the state for meeting or exceeding National Career Ready Certification (NCRC) goals

Wisconsin launches online CTE school March 22, 2016

State licensed teachers provide students instruction and support and graduates receive a state-approved diploma. Students receive preparation for the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

UAM staff attend academy March 22, 2016

Staff from the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee attended an ACT Work Ready Communities Academy March 2-3 in Atlanta, Ga.

Senator says capital outlay system needs reforming March 17, 2016

In other business, the commission: … • Approved Resolution 2016-7 requiring the use of ACT job profiles for all positions with the city and adopting the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate for hiring standards for the city.

Sangamon County aims to become a Certified Work Ready Community March 17, 2016

The Q5 Workforce and Education Council of Sangamon County was recently recognized as one of eight in the nation to become a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC), with certification provided by ACT, which is known for its college entrance exams.

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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.

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