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We're Young. We're Educated. And We're Certified! August 15, 2013

Utah is well known for its young, educated, bilingual, skilled workforce, but a new initiative underway will make that workforce stand out even more by earning the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Educators & Employers Cultivate a Skilled Workforce July 26, 2013

Perhaps no program in the region has been more beneficial to employers than the WorkKeys Profiling and Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Based on ACT’s WorkKeys system, the CRC assesses job seekers’ foundational skills to ensure they are ready to work in today’s technology-driven environment.

Utah Work Ready Communities July 06, 2013

Achieving the Utah Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) designation is an important milestone for economic and workforce development in any community. It means the community is integrated into a new eco-system that links education and workforce, aligns to economic development and matches employers to jobs.

Local leaders kick off work-ready initiative June 23, 2013

If a large number of people earn the certificate and Southside receives the Certified Work Ready Community designation, it will show that the region’s workers have skills needed to do modern jobs “in a measurable way,” which should help in recruiting companies, said Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins.

NCRC helps Missourians work sooner, earn more May 17, 2013

The research partnership examined the average earnings, entered employment, and retention rates by NCRC and education levels of Adult enrolled clients over three years. The results quantifiably demonstrate the benefits to jobseekers that choose to demonstrate their skills via the completion of such assessments.

Top 10 Competitive States of 2012 May 02, 2013

ACT is in the midst of a national effort to encourage states to gather and report data that will help them better address skills gaps that may exist — and that will better reflect to site selectors states' true work-force pros and cons.

Business Facilities 2013 Economic Development Awards April 18, 2013

Today, more than 500 of the businesses directly impacted by the storm have reopened, retaining more than 4,500 jobs in Joplin that had been considered “at risk.” Jasper County, which includes Joplin, has been named Missouri’s first national ACT “Career Ready Certified” community...

Letter: Here’s more about work of the Workforce Investment Board April 04, 2013

The Linn, Benton, Lincoln Workforce Investment Board (WIB), a business-led organization dedicated to developing work force skills to meet the needs of employers, has engaged in a significant effort this past year to align public work force development efforts in the region to meet these challenges.

The FIRST Career-Ready Community…Now What? April 03, 2013

The certification means that Jasper County (and Newton is not far behind) has reached key thresholds in the number of existing workers, graduating students and businesses that participate in ACT’s Career-Ready Certification process. It’s a great start, but we need to keep up the effort and the interest.

Our View: Ready, willing and able March 15, 2013

Bring on the jobs. Jasper County is ready. In fact, Jasper County is the first county in the nation participating in the national ACT Certified Work Ready Communities initiative to meet 100 percent of ACT’s criteria goals. Not far behind are an additional 13 Missouri counties on track to become fully certified within two years.

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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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