LORD Corporation turns to WorkKeys® assessments at UB to verify skills of production hires November 02, 2018

Data is of particular concern when filling open positions that do not require a degree and are primarily entry level. That’s why LORD utilizes three WorkKeys® assessments as an extra screening for machine shop, computer numerical control (CNC) machining, electronic assembly and testing division roles. They identify whether a candidate possesses a minimum skill level that can’t be measured through an interview.

ACT is pleased to publish the presentations and handouts from the recent ACT Workforce Summit in New Orleans. October 31, 2018

ACT is pleased to publish the presentations and handouts from the recent ACT Workforce Summit in New Orleans.  We thank you for your commitment to your students, workforce, and community, and we hope you find these resources useful for you as you prepare for continued growth.  Download the resources at no cost online.

Soft skills, tech jobs: What Philly can learn from Albuquerque’s anti-poverty push October 31, 2018

One Albuquerque: Job Source.

Once inside the one-story building, which is peppered with cubicles and small offices, jobseekers are triaged in the front. A case manager assesses their profile and puts their information on a unified system for employers to see. People can log onto computers that use job-board-scouring software, or use phones to cold-call employers. They can enter one of the free WorkKeys hard-skills certification classes or get information on an online soft-skills assessment platform known as Core Score.

LawCo. earns Work October 25, 2018

Lawrence County educators, employers, elected officials and Chamber representatives gathered on Monday for an announcement regarding the county's ACT Work Ready initiative.Dina Rose, who has spearheaded the project on behalf of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, announced that Lawrence County has been officially certified as an ACT Work Ready Community, making it only the third county in the state to receive the designation.

Company to build massive manufacturing facility in rural Missouri town (AUDIO) October 23, 2018

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) says a leader in the window and door industry plans to build a $65 million plant in the mid-Missouri town of Eldon. Freeburg-based Quaker Windows and Doors plans to purchase more than 100 acres in Eldon to construct a new 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility. DED says the decision will

Iarussi: Marion schools working to help seniors graduate October 23, 2018

Iarussi: Marion schools working to help seniors graduate.  Option 3: The final option allows students to obtain 12 points worth of Industry Recognized Credentials in a career pathway and pass a career readiness test such as Work Keys with a score of 13

Hagerstown Community College wants to launch drive to boost workers, employers October 03, 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.

Smith is the director of testing and assessment at Calhoun Community College in Alabama. Jim Klauber, Hagerstown Community College's new president, came to Hagerstown from Calhoun and has seen WorkKeys in action.

Fifteen Missouri Counties Earn Work Ready Status September 25, 2018

Fifteen Missouri counties recently earned Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) status. Knox, Osage, Gasconade, Holt, Atchison, Texas, Gentry, Taney, Worth, Bates, Ralls, St. Clair, Montgomery, Ozark and Cass counties each earned the designation.

Spotlight Louisiana September 21, 2018

Mention of ACT WRC in Lousiana parishes and the impact on Economic Development.

Regional effort under way to expand Work Ready program September 20, 2018

Mesa County remains the first and only certified Work Ready Community in Colorado. But that could soon change.

Efforts are underway to expand the program in other West Slope counties, said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction.


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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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