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  1. ACT Certified Work Ready CommunitiesA framework for community-based workforce developmentto drive economic growthNational Metrics for ACT Certified Work Ready Communities NAME: ERINA T. GREEN DATE: JUNE 7, 2012

  2. What Is It? A framework for community-based economic development that enables: Business and industry to discern and easily communicate the foundational skills needed for a productive workforce Individuals to understand what skills are required by employers – and how to prepare themselves for success Policy makers, community leaders and educators to measure skill gaps and build career pathways that help both individuals and industry thrive Economic developers to use an on-demand reporting tool that quantifies the skill level of their workforce Based on the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a portable, industry-recognized, evidence-based workforce skill credential

  3. Key Components Fundamental metrics to become a nationally recognized Certified Work Ready Community Individuals across the workforce and in each county earning a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Businesses engaged ACT reports data at the county level to drive participation and success In addition to implementation framework, ACT is provides training, marketing toolkits and technical support to participating states Participating states invited to attend Certified Work Ready Communities Academy, a series of three-day executive training sessions for work ready state leadership teams

  4. National Career Readiness Certificate Three WorkKeys assessments Applied mathematics Reading for information Locating information Issue Certificate based on lowest level earned For more information on the NCRC visit: Certificate WorkKeys Scores Platinum 6s and above Gold 5s and above Silver 4s and above Bronze 3s and above

  5. Benefits For Communities… • County-level data that helps chambers, economic development authorities, employers, education and individuals understand common foundational work readiness skill requirements • Opportunity for communities to demonstrate their commitment to workforce and economic development and be recognized for their efforts and achievements • Career pathways that provide education, information and support to the emerging workforce – and a pipeline of qualified workers that business and industry demand • Tangible benefits for local employers and individuals in the community • Helps communities support existing industry and recruit new industry

  6. The External Organization Communities Local businesses Local chambers and economic development Local workforce development Local board of education Local county commissioners and mayors Local technical/community college Local Work Ready Community Team States Governor State chambers State technical/community college system State Secretary of Commerce State workforce agency K-12 education system State Work Ready Leadership Team ACT Investment in infrastructure Provides monthly workforce data Hosts training academy for participating states Provides toolkits and support Implementation Framework Advisory Board Global C-level business leaders US Chamber of Commerce National workforce leaders Site selection consultants Economic developers Oversight

  7. ACT CWRC Academy The CWRC Academy Process Applications are being accepted now until June 29, 2012. Please visit for more information.

  8. On-Demand Reporting Tool

  9. National Data Perspective

  10. Nat’l Snapshot and Benefits

  11. Customer Resources

  12. Viewing State Data

  13. South Carolina State Page

  14. Aiken County Page

  15. Website County Level Data

  16. Website County Reports

  17. Reporting Improved NCRC Earned Beginning with July data reports, improved NCRC data will be reported

  18. Business Engaged Functionality 1 of 2

  19. Business Engaged Functionality 1 of 2

  20. Data for Non-Participating States

  21. Oklahoma State Page

  22. Tulsa County Page

  23. For more information… • •