Dr. Suess’ book Oh The Places You Go is a popular gift given to high school graduates, encouraging them on whatever path they take. Those paths in life could include college or the ever-growing workforce. Both of which require a lot of preparation, tests, and certifications. It can feel intimidating doing all of this alone, but luckily the students of Webster County are not alone. With the help of leaders in the community, not only are graduates “work ready”, but now the county is too.
It takes every kind of job needed to properly run a manufacturing facility like RoyOMartin. The 99-year-old family-owned company headquartered in Alexandria is one of the top manufacturers in the South of wood products such as oriented strand board (OSB), plywood, solid wood timbers and boards. RoyOMartin is a partner in education at every level from the WoodWorks program they offer at 20 high schools in Central Louisiana and East Texas to internal training programs like their "Pay for Knowledge and Skills" program for production employees. They are also involved in the elementary and middle school levels as well.
You may be quite familiar with some of the benefits of WorkKeys profiles – such as, to identify the WorkKeys skill levels needed to perform a job or enter into apprenticeship training, or to determine the critical tasks of jobs to develop job descriptions or build training programs. There are also professional benefits to completing training -- from earning professional development credit for relevant certifications to growing skills applicable to broader workforce development activities. Click the headline for full details.
To illustrate, longtime WorkKeys profiler Lisa Hawk (Director of corporate training and business development, Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC), said the following: Doing the (profiling) training was the best thing I've ever done in my career because it has opened doors for me I would have never imagined. I also use that knowledge to secure grant funds, apprenticeship opportunities, and be heavily involved with local, state, and national economic development opportunities. That improves quality of life for my community, state, and nation.
Windows and doors manufacturer Peerless Products, Inc., recently announced it will expand in Nevada, investing $3.5 million and creating 111 new jobs. Peerless’ expansion will increase the company’s production capacity at its existing Nevada facility (Vernon County WRC) used for warehousing, manufacturing, and research and development.
“We have expansions in the manufacturing side of things that we have to develop into and this facility is going to give that opportunity,” said Jeremiah Richards, Innovative Solutions Director for Peerless. “Western Missouri, Eastern Kansas, these are places that have hardworking people that build good quality products."
The Aspire Adult Diploma program held its 2021-2022 graduation ceremony at the Washington County Career Center on Thursday night with friends and family in attendance. The Aspire Adult Diploma program is for Ohio residents that are 20 years of age or older that do not have their high school diploma or equivalency. It provides job training and a pathway for students in the program to earn their high school diploma based on ACT WorkKeys scores. There are classes during the day, at night, and online to accommodate the needs of any of its students. All of the services are free.
Returning citizen populations are a valuable, yet vulnerable, workforce. Unprecedented skill shortages in labor markets across the United States often intersect with a desire for justice system reform that provides pathways for returning citizens to thrive. ACT's new toolkit, Preparing Workforce Ecosystems for Returning Citizen Success, is now available for download.
Oklahoma Career Tech recently curated a set of powerful testimonials from employers across the Sooner state. Firms include Astellas Pharma Technologies in Norman, Frontier Electrical Systems in Stillwater, Hobby Lobby Distribution Center in Oklahoma City, Pan Pacific Products in Broken Bow, Spirit AeroSystems in McAlester, and VF Jeanswear in Seminole.
RoyOMartin celebrates 12 recent high school graduates who have successfully completed its WoodWorks certification program and are officially signing on as RoyOMartin team members. Currently offered in 15 Central Louisiana and four east Texas high schools, WoodWorks is a custom-designed curriculum that covers topics such as applied mathematics, industrial safety and employability skills.
Lorain Community College (Lorain County, Ohio WRC) credentials advising and career development staff in regional economics to connect more students to in-demand jobs. The series is now part of a larger Career by Design initiative to rethink how everything from advising to the general education curriculum relates to career paths in the northeast Ohio region.
The Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2022 graduates who have obtained the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC). The Chamber was honored to present platinum, gold, silver, and bronze medals to students in recognition of their hard work.
“The Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to support this initiative throughout our local high schools in Arkansas and Texas,” said Robbin Bass, Director of Business Retention and Expansion at the Chamber. “We’re excited to celebrate the success of the students and see where they go in their future endeavors.”