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WorkKeys Authorized to Prove Measurable Skill Gain July 15, 2023

With recently granted National Reporting Service provisions, WorkKey Applied Math and Workplace Documents assessments may now be deployed to document Educational Functioning Level. Improvements to the assessment flow help workforce programs accomplish more with less and enhance the overall customer experience. By aligning job tasks and training deliverables with skill benchmarks, employers enjoy stronger retention, productivity, safety, and equity.  This innovative skills-first approach accelerates skill outcomes, apprenticeship completion, and stackable credential attainment.

Mentorship Key to the Workforce (Video) July 14, 2023

Josh Duplantis, Ph.D., dean of workforce and economic development at Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette, Alabama, joined ACT at the ACT Workforce Summit last fall to talk workforce and workforce preparation. He shared information about what groups of people need immediate workplace support — all of them! — and expanded by discussing the importance of mentorship.

Josh also speaks to how important micro-credentialing in the stackable model are in building learner confidence, especially for transitional workers who have been “on the sidelines” and not as involved in the workforce or for workers who live in rural communities. Learn more by watching Josh’s interview. 

Meet Jaquan and Discover His WorkKeys Journey (Video) July 11, 2023

Meet JaQuan Ross, a resident of Gary, Indiana who came to WorkOne Gary on a path to a modern apprenticeship in carpentry. WorkOne administers WorkKeys Assessments to help measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace. WorkKeys helps measure the workplace skills that can affect job performance. These assessments are required by some employers and skilled trades. Watch the video to see how JaQuan performed on his assessment.

College of the Canyons Graduates Fourth Uniquely Abled Academy Cohort July 10, 2023

College of the Canyons’ fourth Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA) Cohort graduated Friday, May 19th.  This program continues to achieve amazing success in providing hands-on CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine training to high-functioning individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. Similar to our past UAAs, this Fast Track training has 100 percent completers. Thanks to an incredible partnership with our host industry, B&B Manufacturing, the collocated Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) provides NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) industry credentials to all graduates. 

Podcast: Equity and Transparency for Education and Credentials July 05, 2023

Credential Engine is revolutionizing workforce career learning ecosystems by providing accessible data on credentials. Learn how equity plays a crucial role in reshaping pathways and empowering individuals. On Episode 40 of Ready for Work, Credential Engine CEO Scott Cheney helps us uncover the key information needed for informed decision-making and how it promotes fairness. Explore the transformative power of open data and modern tech in education and career guidance to enhance your region’s career learning workforce ecosystem.

Video: Preparing Learners for Todays Workforce in the Winston-Salem Region June 28, 2023

Lisa Hawk, director of corporate training and business development at Forsyth Technical Community College, joined us last fall at the ACT Workforce Summit. We asked her to share how digital badging helps individual job seekers and the workforce at large in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, community succeed. 

“We utilize digital badging to recognize that individuals come into us already with skills that are appropriate for the workforce. And, we utilize digital badging to assist them in gaining employment immediately, while they are working on earning additional skills that will enhance their income so that they have a sustainable wage for themselves and their families.” 

Lisa goes on to say that Forsyth Technical Community College aligns their training, the ACT WorkKeys assessment, and employer needs to ensure their learners have the technology-based skills their employer partners demand. 

Learn more about what’s working in the Forsyth Technical Community College service area by watching Lisa’s interview.

Podcast: Innovations in Career Navigation and Workforce Ecosystem Impact June 09, 2023

Discover how WorkBay®, a technology firm founded by CEO Mary Hayes and COO Alice Hayes, is making a difference in career navigation both regionally and nationally. WorkBay integrates the skills-first approach of the workforce ecosystem and their innovations in this area are revolutionizing career exploration and navigation. During a recent Work Ready Communities Live event, Mary and Alice shared insights about the latest pilots with ACT® and how WorkBay is integrating WorkKeys benchmarks into user-friendly platforms in regions and targeted initiatives across the U.S.  WorkBay successfully tackled the technological challenges of serving returning citizens with pre-release activities. By combining high-tech solutions with a personal touch, WorkBay provides career navigation that truly matters.

Rowan Economic Development Council Celebrates Earning WRC June 07, 2023

The Rowan Economic Development Council (EDC) spearheaded this initiative, which has positioned Rowan County as a leading community in workforce development. The achievement will be officially recognized and celebrated at the upcoming ACT Workforce Summit, scheduled to be held in Nashville, TN from October 4 to 6, 2023.

Working to Solve Workforce Challenges in Longview - Ready for Work Podcast Episode 38 May 31, 2023

Listen to Ready for Work, Episode 38, in your favorite podcast app. 

Workplace Accessibility Helps Fill the Labor Shortage May 25, 2023

Josh Christianson, project director at the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship, was at the ACT Workforce Summit last year where he discussed the importance of accessibility in today’s workplace. Employers who moved to remote work opportunities, or teleworking, during the pandemic demonstrated the capabilities and flexibility technology offers people with disabilities to work remotely on a regular basis. Christianson touches on this and on digital accessibility and why it’s important for employers to provide accessible platforms for employees, especially as our economy faces worker shortages.

He also addresses the importance of apprenticeships and how they can help more people, including people with disabilities, join the workforce.

Watch the video to hear more from him about:

  • The challenges employers face today in filling their skilled labor needs.
  • The equity, access, and opportunity challenges people in the disability community face and why employers should address accessibility in their workplaces.
  • Registered apprenticeships and how they help people learn the skills employers need today.
  • Accessibility and how important it is for companies to build accessibility into their cultures.