Workforce Summit Dates Announced with Call for Proposals April 04, 2024

Join the ACT Workforce Summit in Atlanta, Oct. 2-4, to showcase your innovative workforce development strategies that help communities thrive. This unique event brings together a diverse mix of professionals from the ACT Work Ready Communities ecosystem, including state and local workforce developers, talent-focused economic developers, and educators spanning all levels. Together, we'll explore the latest trends and strategies in talent and workforce development, with a focus on creating credentialed career pathways that supply employers with a reliable talent pipeline. Don't miss out – submit your ideas through our Call for Proposals and connect with like-minded professionals!

WTOK-TV Features NCRC Honorees from Ross Collins High School April 03, 2024

“Ross Collins is very beneficial and so is the ACT WorkKeys,” said Marynell Harrell, MHS Senior. “It helps you in the future, it teaches you real life problems, and I think that is going to be really helpful as I go through my college career and my career in general.”

Over eighty Meridian High School students received ACT WorkKeys certifications during a special breakfast at the Wildcat Cafe at Ross Collins Career and Technical Center.

New report shows increase in workforce readiness for Alabama public school students March 19, 2024

The number and percentage of Alabama public high school seniors who are workforce-ready has continued to rise since the pandemic according to an analysis by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA). This passing percentage marks the highest number achieved since 2019. While the report indicates students are nearing the workforce readiness percentages prior to the pandemic, there was a sizable difference in the number of students who took the test in 2023 compared to 2019.

KALB-TV Showcases CENLA Workforce Summit March 14, 2024

Work Ready Central Louisiana hosted its 2024 summit recently and KALB-TV was live on the scene to interview Keisha Hamilton and Lafe Jones.

Louisiana high school, training program aims to bring path from poverty to the people March 12, 2024

A collaboration between the Ascension Parish School Board and River Parishes Community College hopes to begin to reverse poverty trendlines. The college and school system have renovated a previously unused wing of Donaldsonville High School into a technical training center for the school's students and, in the evenings well after students leave, into a high school equivalency and job readiness training center for the city's adults.

Ready for Work Spotlights Lucas County, Ohio's Fusion of Workforce and Economic Development March 07, 2024

Episode 47 features Tonia Saunders, who leads both workforce and economic development in Lucas County, Ohio. This Work Ready Community (WRC) integrated the two disciplines, emphasizing the role of collaboration with neighboring counties to enhance the region's competitiveness. Tonia shares insights on tackling workforce challenges, leveraging community partnerships and innovative strategies to serve the manufacturing and healthcare industries effectively. The episode highlights the success of Lucas County's WRC initiative, showcasing how it drives economic growth and improves employment opportunities through targeted employer engagement and comprehensive support services. This conversation underlines the importance of synergy between workforce and economic development in achieving regional prosperity.

KATC-TV: JHS Students are Increasing Test Scores March 06, 2024

Jennings High schoolers are collaborating with teachers, faculty and staff to improve test scores. JHS Principal Selena Gomes said she's doing whatever it takes to help students prepare for college and/or the workforce after graduating. While many students struggle with standardized tests, Gomes said she recognizes that every student has individual needs.

Flexibility Is Key in the Workforce - Video Blog with Joe T. Wood February 29, 2024

Joe T. Wood, special projects coordinator at Hardeman County Schools in Tennessee, sees opportunity amid what he calls the "fourth industrial revolution." He spoke with ACT at the 2023 Workforce Summit about how skills-based hiring addresses changing workforce demands.

As Joe explains, skills-based hiring shifts the focus to employers, offering a more deliberate and transparent approach to assessing essential skills. He also gives insight into the need for a more flexible and responsive approach to career readiness to address the reality that “every kid’s going to have a career.”

Reflecting on obstacles and opportunities, Joe underscores the importance of rethinking traditional models to prepare students for diverse career pathways.

Hear all of Joe’s valuable insights in the video.

MCC Braids Funding and Alignment for Program Sustainability February 29, 2024

Braided funding and alignment of partnerships are key when creating sustainable systems and programs for your community.  Lyndsie Gibbs and Alex Lovrien from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha join us on Episode 46 of Ready for Work. The partnerships across this Work Ready Community grew a small, data-driven, proof of concept into a $10M venture that has eliminated financial barriers so individuals can access quality training, education, and gainful employment.  Listen in for best practices on braided funding, opportunities and obstacles, tips to get started, and lessons learned.

More Than 50 Grb Students Earn National Career Readiness Credentials at Fulton, NY January 31, 2024

More than fifty students at Fulton’s GRB High School recently earned their ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate, demonstrating the skills and knowledge essential for the modern workplace. This nationally recognized program is well-regarded in over 30 US states but is only beginning to take root in New York.