Area economic group seeking a bigger voice January 21, 2020

Doug Mader, WNCC workforce development director, talks with members of the Western Nebraska Economic Development Committee about the nationally recognized Work Ready Community Certificate Project. It provides a general skills level assessment of potential employees for when employers consider hiring new people that meet their particular needs

Podcast: U.S. Career Pathway Readiness January 14, 2020

To accompany ACT's new Career Readiness report, episode 17 of Ready for Work features ACT research scientists Mary LeFebvre and Jeffrey Steedle. The Condition of Career Pathway Readiness in the United States 2019 report is packed with a wealth of good information for counselors, students, or folks looking for a job change. 

What’s Important for Success in Future Jobs? ACT's New Career Pathways Report Provides Customized Guidance January 14, 2020

Choosing a career that fits your talents and interests can be a daunting task, especially for high school students and adult learners who want to explore career options that may not require a four-year degree. A new ACT report, The Condition of Career Pathway Readiness in the United States, can help. The report features information on the skills individuals need to succeed in various careers and “career clusters”—groupings of occupations that can be used by education and training providers to help students in educational settings. Its aim is to open opportunities for job seekers and help employers identify high potential candidates within different career pathways.

Northeast State to give credit to career-ready students January 13, 2020

JOHNSON CITY — Northeast State Community College soon is to begin offering additional college credit to students seeking certain vocational concentrations and holding a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Site Selection Magazine: Our annual 50 state report - with NCRC January 07, 2020

Site Selection Maganzine: Our annual 50-state report focuses on economic development laws, leaders, policies, indicators and projects from the past year. Use it to form a clearer picture of every state’s business climate


ACT Work Ready Communities Announcement January 06, 2020

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Cherokee County becomes second Iowa county to be ACT Work Ready certified January 03, 2020

CHEROKEE, Iowa (KTIV) -- Cherokee County, Iowa, will become just the second county in the state to be certified as an ACT Work Ready Community.

The county will earn the distinction on January 22 in a ceremony featuring Governor Kim Reynolds.

The ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative helps cities identify skill gaps in the area

Connecting Rural Development Strategies and USDA Resources to Work Ready Communities (Podcast) December 31, 2019

Episode 16 of the Ready for Work podcast features the Southwest Tennessee Workforce Readiness Collaborate. The group just landed a first-of-its-kind grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to comprehensive regional interagency approach to help bridge the skills gap and connect Rural Workforce Development, Education with Economic Development.

Officials applaud ‘growing our own’ skilled workforce December 17, 2019

Leaders from across Jackson County today took a moment to celebrate what they consider to be a milestone in helping people develop workplace skills and connect them to good jobs.

“This says Jackson County is open for business and people matter,” said Mardy Leathers, Missouri’s director of workforce development. He added that Gov. Mike Parson has said his two highest priorities are fixing the state’s roads and bridges and developing a workforce able to meet the ever-changing demands of the modern economy.

Work Ready Framework helps soften impact of layoffs at Celadon December 16, 2019

A trucking giant with a logistics warehouse in Greenwood closed abruptly Monday, laying off hundreds of employees locally, and thousands globally. Johnson County  has resources in place to help the hundreds of local Celadon employees who lost their jobs suddenly, including the local WorkOne office and the Work Ready Communities program for employees as they review their skills and consider future employment, according to Dana Monson, executive director of the Johnson County Development Corp.

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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.

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