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Podcast: What's Next for the Skills-First Movement September 26, 2023

Two incredible champions in the field of competency-based education and the skills-first movement: Julian Alssid and Kaitlin Lemoine, join the conversation on Episode 42 of Ready for Work.  Through their pioneering work at College for America, the duo emphasizes the importance of transparently naming and communicating skills to learners, bridging the gap between academic and workplace skills.  Learn more about the challenges posed by legacy systems and the importance of breaking down silos.  They also share insights from their new consultancy work, giving us a preview of What’s Next for the Skills-First Movement.

Future WRC Startup Launches Innovative Business School September 20, 2023

Rochester and Monroe County leaders continue to build the leadership team and assets for a future WRC effort.  Golisano Institute is a new two-year business and entrepreneurship school and President Ian Mortimer joined the ‘Mornings with Maria’ program to discuss their goals to reduce the time and costs required to prepare for successful startups.  

Podcast: Credentials As You Go Accelerates Career Pathways September 19, 2023

The current education system relies heavily on traditional degrees, limiting adult learners and disproportionately affecting people of color. Employers value 21st-century skills, but confusion persists due to the proliferation of diverse credentials. Guest Melissa Goldberg joins Episode 41 of Ready for Work to showcase Credentials As You Go. This framework provides the redesign needed for economic realities, equity, and clarification, with implications for politics and workforce preparation. 

Ready for Work has Moved to Spotify September 12, 2023

ACT's Ready for Work podcast migrated to Spotify to enable additional features for the future. Any podcast app works great as well with our revised podcast feed.

Work Ready New Hampshire Assists Local Engineering Firm September 01, 2023

The Monadnock Shopper News reported recently on the success of Work Ready New Hampshire and Whelen Engineering in Charleston, NH.  In addition to the certificate from Work Ready New Hampshire, trainees also earned the WorkKeys NCRC.

Ashley County Arkansas Maintains ACT Work Ready Status August 29, 2023

Early this month, Mike Smith, Executive Director of Crossett Economic Development Foundation and ACT Work Ready Communities Team Leader for Ashley County, received notification from ACT that Ashley County has achieved the goal of “Maintaining” ACT Work Ready Community (WRC) status. 

Grant Enables NextGen Tech at Marengo High School August 25, 2023

A half-million dollar grant headed to Marengo High School in Alabama will fund virtual reality career tech classrooms, robotics program, and a four-day boot camp with WorkKeys.

Webinar: Harness the Power of ACT WorkKeys for Stronger CTE Programs August 14, 2023

12.3 million learners across the country are enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs, making community colleges and CTE centers a critical hub for innovative, skill-based education and training programs—helping meet the country's very real and immediate challenges of student achievement, workforce development, and economic competitiveness. Learn how to partner with ACT to harness ACT® WorkKeys® Assessment data to align with employer benchmarks, strengthen program and institutional accreditation, and meet employer standards—to promote a stronger workforce ecosystem.  Learn more and register today for the webinar slated for September 20th. 

Washington County is Marylands first certified ACT Work Ready Community July 26, 2023

Five years ago, Hagerstown Community College President Jim Klauber proposed the idea of Washington County working to achieve ACT Work Ready Community status. That goal is now a reality, with 106 businesses having signed up to participate in the program. 

“I’ve seen the success of this program first-hand in other communities and I’m excited to watch its positive impact here,” said Klauber. “These businesses are quickly seeing the value of working with this designation. The power of broad partnerships, using WorkKeys NCRC and attaining the ACT Work Ready Community designation, will take our economic development to the next level.”

WRCLive! New WorkKeys Resources for Program Performance and Credentialing Equity July 25, 2023

WRCLive! for August 17th is a double feature. Check out the flier for more information and the link to register.