The ACT Work Ready Community program identifies skill gaps, quantifies skill levels of the workforce, and helps educators build career pathways to be customized to the industry’s needs. Overall, it holds the goal of closing the skills gap among workers and job seekers, and builds a common framework that links, aligns, and matches workforce development efforts. This goal is accomplished by students taking the WorkKeys Assessments to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate. Counties become certified through completing the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy and meeting goals related workforce development engagement. A participating county team consists of representatives from local government, economic and workforce development, community/technical colleges, K-12 system, and business/industry.
Target issue and group: Barriers to workforce, education and training, and retention; K-12 students, current and transitional employees, and businesses
Scope: Eau Claire County; Cross-sectional team from Eau Claire County
Responsible organizations: Steering committee led by CVTC and other stakeholders including the Chamber; Eau Claire County is the first county in Wisconsin to have the Work Ready Community program
Employer involvement: Recognize certificate
Name: Lynette Livingston
Title: Executive Dean