Workforce Development Counts September 02, 2021

Continuing the celebration of Workforce Development Month throughout September, ACT adds its praise for the public workforce system. During COVID-19, the workforce system helped over nine million working learners add to their skills and re-connect with employment. 

U.S. Senate Declares September as Workforce Development Month September 01, 2021

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) celebrates the workforce system annually through Workforce Development Professionals Month. NAWDP shared the recent passage of Senate resolution for the September designation.

Celebrating Workforce Development Month September 2021 August 31, 2021

Each September, states, communities and workforce development boards across the country join together to recognize the contributions of workforce professionals and highlight events and initiatives which support job seekers and employers. ACT Work Ready Communities adds its voice to the celebration with more than 500 participating locations. Thank you to local workforce systems that power the recovery and prepare for the future.

Spec'd Out - Lots of Business-Ready Sites Going Up August 26, 2021

With so much business interest coming to the Hoosier state from all over the world, communities around the state are getting preemptive by giving them ready-made places to move into. Spec buildings are going up all over the place this year in the hopes of luring job creators and their investments. One of those highlighted is an industrial park in New Castle that's part of the Henry County WRC.

Kansas aims for more WRCs August 26, 2021

An updated workforce development report from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce advises leaders on several talent development and attraction targets. In the Adult Education section, Chamber officials advised expanding on the current eleven counties that participate in WRC.

Success Story: Connecting Economic Development and Education for a Career-Ready State August 18, 2021

There’s a deep disconnect between local economic development efforts and the education system in Alabama. The state wants to add 500,000 high-skilled employees by 2025 to meet industry labor demands. To bridge the gap, one-fourth of Alabama counties are now using career readiness testing to connect labor to regional demand. Hundreds of employers are supporting the initiative, and more than 10,000 residents have earned the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate®.

Greene 'Work Ready' Status Benefits New, Existing Employers August 17, 2021

The First Tennessee Development District announced at this year’s Semi-Annual meeting, hosted in Greeneville, that Greene County has become a Certified Work Ready Community, joining Hancock, Hawkins and Sullivan Counties with the designation, the Greene County Partnership announced in a news release. Site Selector magazine annually includes information about the Work Ready distinction as one of the best measures of workforce readiness as businesses look to expand to new communities, according to the news release.

Residents will earn $11 an hour while participating in Rolla Job Center's new virtual program August 17, 2021

Rolla job seekers between the ages of 14-24 now have the opportunity to gain virtual work experience through The Career Club. Individuals will earn $11 an hour while participating in the virtual training and transition to a minimum wage of $12 an hour following work experience placement. 

Co-Lin Workforce graduates 13 medical assistants August 12, 2021

Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Workforce Education division recently graduated 13 from the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) non-credit training program. Enrollees began the six-month training program in February and now have the necessary skills to provide both clinical and administrative support to a wide range of healthcare providers. A High School Diploma or High School Equivalency/GED is required for enrollment. Participants must also take the ACT WorkKeys Assessment and earn a silver level or greater National Career Readiness Certificate. 

Wayne County Earns Recertification As Work Ready Community August 10, 2021

Wayne County has earned its fourth recertification as a Work Ready Community. According to Nicole Brown Darden, Wayne Business and Industry Center director of training and development for soft skills, a third or more of the county’s eligible workforce has taken the WorkKeys NCRC test and more than 100 Wayne County employers recognize the credential.