County backs workforce readiness July 13, 2018

Lamar County District 1 Supervisor Steve Lampton will join a team of leaders representing government, K-12 education, workforce, economic development and the business community as part of an initiative to provide certification for county workforce.

ACT program could boost job market in Lamar County July 10, 2018

Lamar County officials are hoping to attract employers to the area, assist employers already in the county and help residents looking for work by becoming an ACT Work Ready Community. ACT is the same entity involved with college testing.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Can a 20-Minute Test Tell Employers What a College Degree Cannot?" July 10, 2018

Goldie Blumenstyk from "The Chronicle of Higher Education" interviewed Pace President Marvin Krislov at their offices in Washington, D.C. She quotes him in her article about whether hiring practices should include tests and whether those tests can be more of a determining factor of employment readiness than a college degree.  Suzana Delanghe, chief commercial officer at ACT, says that the number of people passing the three 40-to-60-minute tests required for the NCRC credential has grown steadily over the past five years. (More than 488,000 people earned the certificate in 2016.) "There is a huge demand to find a standardized test" that communicates applicants’ skills to employers, especially overseas, she contends.

Put to the test - A CVTC-led coalition wants Eau Claire County to become an ACT Work Ready Community July 10, 2018

Chippewa Valley Technical College is working with colleagues in education, business groups and companies to spread the word about the test that gauges soft skills.

Their intent is to get Eau Claire County named the first Work Ready Community in Wisconsin — an honor that testing company ACT bestows on areas that meet certain goals.

Economic Development Side: Details about workforce program reiterated June 27, 2018

Alliance President Lou Ann Nisbett continues - -with almost crusade-like zeal — her efforts to publicize the importance of Jefferson County’s attaining certification as an ACT® Work Ready Community

Site Selection Magazine - Poplar Bluff: Thriving Central Location June 25, 2018

Steve Halter, the director of economic development for Poplar Bluff Industries, the regions non profit economic development organization, says the communities cheif selling points are its central location and infrastructure, as well as its status as an ACT Work Ready Community.

Workforce Development Training & Talent Acquisition June 20, 2018

Workforce training is still job one for locations vying to compete for high-tech projects, but talent acquisition—a.k.a. recruiting—now is a critical component for success. Yokohama Tire Manufacturing decided to locate its first U.S. commercial truck tire plant in Mississippi.  Prior to taking the Basic Manufacturing Skills Course, potential applications to Yokohama must first take the WorkKeys Career Readiness Certification test. Individuals who score Silver or higher (scores range from Bronze, Silver, Gold, to Platinum) are eligible to take the Basic Manufacturing Skills course. The college then refers the successful completers to the company for interviews

Four north Louisiana parishes strive to become Work Ready Communities June 19, 2018

Four North Louisiana parishes will launch a new workforce initiative on June 20, 2018 at 8:30 am at the Bossier Civic Center that will enhance the region’s ability to recruit companies and to train a skilled workforce.

Representatives from over 20 regional organizations from Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto and Webster Parishes will announce plans to become ACT® Work Ready Communities. Employers, educators, and business and community leaders are invited to attend the free public launch by registering at or by calling 318.677.2559.

Bossier Chamber talks ACT WorkKeys June 18, 2018

Jessica and Katie sit down with North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) representative, Angie to give you the details about ACT WorkKeys and making Northwest Louisiana Work Ready!

New program puts kids to work after high school June 15, 2018

An effort in Knox County, Missouri to get kids to work in their local community once they get out of high school.  The county is already an A-C-T Work-Ready Community.  It's a certification will prepare kids with the skills and education they need to go into the workforce.  Officials say it's a step in the right direction... for business growth and student enrollment.  


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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.

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