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DeSoto Parish achieves certification as ACT Work Ready Community February 13, 2019

DeSoto Parish has met all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community, according to a joint announcement Monday from DeSoto Parish school officials and North Louisiana Economic Partnership

HPD Recruitment WorkKeys 2 February 12, 2019

Police department uses WorkKeys NCRC.

Site Selection Magazine: Our annual 50-state report takes you on a guided tour of economic development laws, leaders, policies, indicators and projects from the past year. Use it as you look to update your location portfolio. February 12, 2019

Welcome to State of the States 2019, an annual compendium of data that matter to global corporate location decision-makers looking for places to grow in the United States. In addition to containing updated legislative, demographic, economic and education data points, this edition includes the fourth annual installment of Rankings That Matter. This year this six-point scoreboard features the following

The 2019 Regional Workforce Development Rankings February 12, 2019

Site Selection Magazine's Ranking components here are: (1) CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2018 Workforce and Education sub-ranking; (2) Forbes’ Best States for Business 2018 Labor Supply sub-ranking; (3) U.S. News’ 2018 Best States for Education rankings; (4) ACT National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) Rankings; and (5) average number of workforce development enactments passed in state legislatures (most recent data).

Nixa Has National Career Readiness Certificate February 11, 2019

YouTube video geared to students

3 NELA parishes pursue Work Ready Community certification February 08, 2019

As of Thursday, the three-parish certification effort went live on the ACT Work Ready Communities map. The region will have two years to meet goals related to number of certificates earned in various categories and employers supporting the initiative

Workforce Essentials Course with WorkKeys Helps Alabama High Schools Meet Standards February 07, 2019

One of the most important jobs of a high school is to prepare students to become productive citizens in the world of work. The Department of Labor and Regulation provides a free opportunity for high school students to get a “picture” of their “real world” skills. The assessment is WorkKeys® and it has been identified as the leading job skills assessment in the nation. Questions on the assessment are based on everyday work world situations and helps identify skills that are relevant and critical to job success

Workforce Essentials Course with WorkKeys Helps Alabama High Schools Meet Standards February 07, 2019

Chambers County AL uses WorkKeys tests as part of their career readiness initiative.

Crossville, TN enjoys success with Horizon Initiative and WRC goals February 07, 2019

Work Ready Community designation offered by ACT Inc. to certify worker skill in applied math, reading for information and locating information. Cumberland County is the first Middle Tennessee county to seek the designation.

Morehouse Parish receives NLEP TOP of Mind Award February 07, 2019

The Top Event, held by the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, is an event at which awards are presented to the best in economic development. The TOP of Mind Award is one of the awards given and recognizes programs and projects that provide workers to support current and future employers.

This year’s recipient was North Louisiana Ready2Work of which Morehouse is a part along with multiple surrounding parishes.

In recent years Morehouse joined Northeast Louisiana Ready2Work to help create a bigger network of communities who are work ready. The Ready2Work Program allows parishes to become known as certified work ready through use of the WorkKeys Exam. Morehouse is in the midst of being certified having attained 80% of its goals within the program.

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This website reports the ACT® WorkKeys 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 Work Ready Community initiative. This site only represents data stored in the ACT RegiSTAR™ system, a web-based reporting and management tool for ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates.


State and national ACT WorkKeys NCRC data runs from January 2006 through , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level ACT WorkKeys 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.


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