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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.

Rural SC counties seek jobs solution March 04, 2013

Nikki Haley urged counties to join forces with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s Work Ready initiative, announced in February as a means of helping to bridge the gap between the state’s workforce and job placement.

Unemployed Residents Land Jobs after Energy/Utilities Training August 20, 2012

Twenty students completed this first portion of training, which ran for six weeks and focused on critical thinking, math, and applied technology skills and prepared them for pre-employment aptitude tests and the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Career boosts given March 23, 2012

The Work Hard-Work Smart initiative, spearheaded by the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce & Industry, has helped more than 1,200 community members receive their National Career Readiness Certificate.

Job profilers to examine Wichita Falls, Vernon March 07, 2012

The Work Hard-Work Smart initiative has arranged for ACT authorized job profilers to assess jobs in Wichita Falls and Vernon during the next couple of weeks in its pursuit to stimulate the regional economy, make local employers more successful, and get the unemployed and underemployed back to work.

Program aims to prepare job seekers, help employers with hiring process November 30, -0001

With the county’s launch as a participant in the ACT Work Ready Communities program earlier this year, any county resident will have the ability to get a National Career Readiness Certificate. When people have the certificate, employers will be able to make better hiring decisions, as they will be able to see how well candidates understand math, graphics and documents such as policies and memos they may see in the workplace.

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.

Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.