Hagerstown Community College wants to launch drive to boost workers, employers September 19, 2018

Helping people move into good-paying jobs, and helping employers fill key openings, is the aim of a program introduced to Washington County on Monday.

ACT's WorkKeys — which includes a national career readiness certification for individuals, job profiles for companies and a work-ready status for communities — was the topic of a 90-minute presentation by Denny Smith.

Jones a certified ‘Work Ready Community’ September 19, 2018

The Economic Development Authority of Jones County and Jones College met with business and industry leaders last Tuesday to announce Jones County’s participation in the ACT Work Ready Community Certification initiative.

After being accepted into the program in October of last year, Sandy Holifield of EDA and Greg Butler of JC attended four required academies, receiving the instruction necessary as part of the certification process.

CHS students show improvement on ACT test September 18, 2018

The number of Carson High students who met all four benchmarks on the ACT test college prepatory test improved by 1.5 percent over the last year.

All high school juniors in the state take the ACT test. In 2018, 11.8 percent of CHS students taking the test met all four benchmarks in English, reading, math and science. That was an improvement over 10.3 percent who met all four benchmarks in 2017

Louisiana featured in American Airlines magazine in September September 14, 2018

Also mentioned are Lafayette Regional Airport’s future $90 million terminal; the Interstate 20 Cyber Corridor anchored by Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana Tech University and Monroe; and the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance’s groundwork in establishing its 10-parish region as an ACT Work Ready Community

Having Problems Finding Talent? The WorkKeys Tool Can Help September 14, 2018

Now more than ever, Michigan businesses need a strong, skilled workforce. Yet with the tight labor market, finding the right talent can be challenging. The WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a standardized tool employers can use to gauge a prospective employee’s work skills. Has your business considered using this tool? 

WorkKeys is a national, standardized job skills assessment system that, by state mandate, is administered to all juniors in our state’s public high schools. The WorkKeys NCRC system is currently supported by 252 companies in Michigan and used to assess a job applicant’s core competencies in applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information. These three, key skills have been identified as the foundation for 90% of all jobs today.

Clark County agencies look to identify more qualified workers for local jobs September 14, 2018

Several area agencies, including the Chamber of Greater Springfield, Clark State Community College and Ohio Means Jobs of Clark County, have been working for about a year to certify Clark County in an ACT Work Ready program, said Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services for the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

Where there’s a will, there's a wage September 10, 2018

Since 2007, more than 1,000 Omaha residents, mostly African American and mostly low-income, have landed jobs in the growing manufacturing and tech sectors through targeted employment training in the city’s worst neighborhoods. The training began popping up after a local newspaper series noted that the booming Midwestern city had some of the most alarming racial disparities in the country, embarrassing civic leaders and politicians into action

ADP, PRCC to certify Greater Hattiesburg as ACT Work Ready Community September 10, 2018

City and county officials gathered Thursday at the Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg to celebrate the planned inclusion of Greater Hattiesburg – including all of Forrest and Lamar Counties – as an ACT Work Ready Community.

Craighead County becomes ACT work ready September 10, 2018

mployers in Craighead County now have one more tool to identify highly skilled workers for their companies. Craighead County is now an ACT Work Community, according to Jonesboro Unlimited.The purpose of establishing an ACT Work Ready Community is to close the skills gaps between potential employees and the needs of employers. Nationwide, more than 400 counties and 21,000 employers participate in the ACT Work Ready Program. Currently, 4.4 million people have attained their ACT Workkeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). An NCRC certificate has four levels – platinum, gold, silver, and bronze.

Unified Brands seeking career ready certified employees August 31, 2018




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