United States

South Carolina

* State level program in place

County Participating
Job Profiles Completed
NCRC Data: 01-01-2006 - 01-31-2015
Engaged January 2012
Aug '14 Sep '14 Oct '14 Nov '14 Dec '14 Jan '15 Aug '14 Sep '14 Oct '14 Nov '14 Dec '14 Jan '15 2955 1833 1954 2019 2036 2088 2165



519 537 549 661 434 482



1276 1150 1178 1465 959 1116



312 265 300 362 214 410



6 6 8 10 5 13

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46 of 46 counties participating

Most Improved Counties

  1. 1. Barnwell 100%
  2. 3. Darlington 100%
  3. 4. Lee 100%
  4. 5. Lexington 100%

Certified Counties

  1. Clarendon Aug, 2013
  2. McCormick Mar, 2014
  3. Colleton Apr, 2014
  4. Saluda Jul, 2014
  5. Abbeville Dec, 2014
  6. Allendale Dec, 2014
  7. Anderson Dec, 2014
  8. Bamberg Dec, 2014

About South Carolina Certified Work Ready Communities

South Carolina's Certified Work Ready Communities initiative aims to ensure the growth of South Carolina communities by creating an environment conducive to business and workforce development.

The state's work ready leadership team will continue to foster and build a coordinated and uniform partnership among stakeholders using the Work Ready Communities approach, leveraging and maximizing its collective workforce development efforts at the county, regional and state level.
South Carolina's vision is to ensure a ready workforce that serves as an economic development tool to attract and maintain businesses in the state. Its vision is to link education and workforce development together and align with economic development needs of the state, its regions and communities.

The Work Ready Community initiative enables community leaders to rally behind the concept of a ready-to-work workforce. Mayors, council members, superintendents,principals, teachers, and business leaders cheerlead this effort, creating a team approach to workforce development. The motivation for their engagement will be the achievement of being recognized as a Work Ready Community.
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About ACT

Founded in 1959, ACT is a not-for-profit public trust headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, and dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT provides a broad array of assessment, research, information and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development.

This initiative will educate job seekers in ways to qualify themselves for the available jobs due to synergies that are created by community leaders working together with businesses.

South Carolina's CWRC effort has three primary elements:

  • Matching job openings with job seekers
  • Creating an inventory of skill sets
  • Locally driven approach

What's unique about South Carolina:

  • A more coordinated, structured and unified approach to maximize workforce and economic development efforts to meet the needs of current and potential employers.
  • More credentials and job profiles than a majority of the state's nationwide
  • Assessment tool is already being used as part of work training programs for new and expanding industry

State Work Ready Leadership Team:

Governor's Office
Christian Soura

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
Pat Sherlock and Elisabeth Kovacs

South Carolina Department of Commerce
Jonathan Yarborough

South Carolina Technical College System
Susan Pretulak, Mandy Kibler, Rick Cothran

South Carolina Department of Education (K-12/Adult Ed)
Charmeka Bosket, David Stout

South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
Anne Iriel

South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
James Richter

Local Work Ready Community Leaders Teams will generally consist of:
  • School Districts Rep (Superintendent, Principal, Adult Ed, etc.)
  • Tech College Rep. (President, VP, etc.)
  • Local Workforce Board Administrator/Representative
  • Industry Reps. (2 or 3 major industries in the county)
  • Chamber Rep
  • County Economic Developer
  • Other Elected officials
  • Municipal Association
  • Association of Counties
  • Mayors, School Board, State legislators

For more information, contact Elisabeth Kovacs at ekovacs@dew.sc.gov

This website reports the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificates earned at the county and state level and the progress being made by those participating states and counties in the ACT Certified Work Ready Community initiative. This site only represents data stored in the ACT RegiSTAR™ system, a web-based reporting and management tool for National Career Readiness Certificates.

State and national NCRC data runs from January 2006 through January 31, 2015 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through January 31, 2015 , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level NCRC data collection began in January 2012 for WorkKeys Internet Version, and in July 2012 for pencil and paper assessments. State and national certificate totals include historical data prior to 2012.

WorkKeys® assessments are used across the nation, and many states have built their own Career Readiness Certificates based upon WorkKeys assessment results. You will find an asterisk denoting those states. This website will continue to evolve as the first two rounds of participating states give us feedback on what they would like to see -- and based on your feedback, as well.

Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.