S-C seniors awarded $3 million in scholarships May 23, 2015

Smith-Cotton High School held their annual Senior Awards program for the Class of 2015 on May 6th.

Top Competitive States: In It to Win It May 12, 2015

Two new Midwest right-to-work states — Michigan and Indiana — make the Top 10 Competitive States for 2014. But the Southeast still dominates the list with North Carolina taking first place, which went to Georgia a year ago. Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina and Tennessee round out the top five. Ohio’s 9th place finish in the midst of so many Southe

T&D Region strives to show it's WorkReady May 11, 2015

Nearly three years ago, Gov. Nikki Haley came to Orangeburg to announce an effort to have each of the state's 46 counties certified as having skilled employees who are ready to work. Orangeburg and Calhoun counties are still working to be certified as South Carolina WorkReady communities, while Bamberg County was certified last December.

Southern Hills CTC completes Certified Production Technology Class May 10, 2015

Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati East, held a reception ceremony and employment fair for the eight completers of the Certified Production Technology program on April 14.

White House conference on worker training will look at St. Louis apprenticeship program April 24, 2015

WASHINGTON - A White House conference Friday will include discussions about a new program in St. Louis to train non-traditional workers through apprentice programs in construction, manufacturing and other trades.

Seven Additional S.C. Counties Certified as Work Ready April 22, 2015

Seven counties were recognized today for achieving certification through the South Carolina Work Ready Communities (SCWRC) initiative. The counties are: Barnwell, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Lee, Lexington, and Marion.

Board recognizes outstanding students from each school April 13, 2015

In addition, Cassandra Osborne, a senior at Anacoco High School, was honored for earning a National Career Readiness Certificate. According to Renita Page with the school board’s curriculum department, individual students can earn the NCRC by taking three WorkKeys assessments, which includes Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for

ACT and Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Announce Collaboration Designed to Expand Use of Stackable Credentials March 24, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and IOWA CITY, Iowa—The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and ACT today announced a formal collaboration to accelerate the use of stackable credentials from the two organizations: the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT NCRC®) and MSSC’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) and Certified Logistics Technician

Marion County School District: Commitment paying off March 22, 2015

MARION, S.C. – It is often said that seemingly small things can make a tremendous difference. For instance, increasing the temperature of water by a single degree can mean the difference between something that is very hot and something that generates enough force to power an engine.

ACT and the Delta Regional Authority Announce Partnership Designed to Boost Workforce, Sustain Economic Growth March 11, 2015

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has initiated a partnership with Iowa-based nonprofit ACT to help DRA counties and parishes create the infrastructure and policies that support local workforce development and training systems through a region-specific version of the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy.

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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.

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