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.

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.