© Tri-County Certified Work Ready Community 2018-2020

FAQ

What is the Certified Work

Ready Communities

Initiative (CWRC)?

The ACT Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative is a national effort, led by ACT, to provide a way for workforce development and economic development to work together towards a common goal of having a ready workforce.  ACT will award counties that reach their goals established by ACT with a certificate indicating they are Certified Work Ready.

What does it mean when a

County gets certified?

A county becomes eligible for the certification of CWRC once they have reached the NCRC and business engagement goals established by ACT.  The CWRC demonstrates that a county has a system in place to share with current employers and potential employer's data in regard to the quality of the workforce by documented scores in regard to the skill sets available within the county ‘s workforce.

What does it mean for a

business to be engaged?

A business can participate in the CWRC initiative by agreeing to participate in the recognition of the NCRC.  This means during their hiring process; they will ask potential applicants if they have the National Career Readiness Certificate.  It is not required for employment, but these employers recognize that applicants who do have the NCRC have taken the time to demonstrate to their potential employers a skill level that is clearly defined and universal throughout the US. 

Is the NCRC only good In

Missouri or the CWRC

County?

ACT is nationally recognized, and the National Career Readiness Certificate is acknowledged in more than 25 states.  An employee who has earned the certificate can use it in any state that recognizes there NCRC designation to help show potential employers their work ready skills.

As an employee, how do I

know which category is

applicable to my situation,

emerging workforce, current

workforce, or transitioning

workforce?

The emerging workforce consists of high school juniors, seniors and some college students, and recent graduates (within the last 12 months). The current workforce describes employees who are currently employed with some job either in the private sector or public sector.  This group is often underemployed, meaning if they could demonstrate their skill levels, they could potentially find a better job. Transitioning workforce consists of individuals who are currently unemployed; this could be retired, not working, or looking for work.

How do I know which county

I am taking the NCRC and will

get the credit towards the

CWRC?

The NCRC is based on your current address, and the county in which you live.  So once you receive your National Career Readiness Certificate, the county in which you live will get the credit for the certificate which will go towards meeting their goals established by ACT.

I am a small business owner

with only a few employees

and want to know if I can

sign up as an engaged

business?

Yes, all employers are welcome to sign up for the business engagement component of the CWRC.  It is highly encouraged that small businesses participate.  This will help with your hiring process and give you more information on the skill sets of potential employees.

Where does the data for each

county come from and how

often is it updated?

The data is provided by ACT based on the  number of WorkKeys tests that have successfully achieved the NCRC.  The data is posted on a monthly basis and reflects the certificates earned through the last day of the previous month.

If I take the WorkKeys

assessment and want to do

better, can I take the

assessment again and

improve on my skills level?

Yes, this would be considered an improved certificate; it demonstrates an improvement in your skill sets and fills the skill gap if you increase the level of your certificate.

Will all three counties be

certified at the same time?

The application included Camden, Miller and Morgan counties to work towards the tri-county certification. While the communities are working together to get the lake area certified, the certification of the county is based on each county meeting the goals established by ACT.  Therefore, if a county reaches their goals prior to the other two counties reaching their goals, they will be certified first. 

Tri-County

Certified Work Ready Community

© Tri-County Certified Work Ready Community 2018-2020

FAQ

What is the Certified Work Ready

Communities Initiative (CWRC)?

The ACT Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative is a national effort, led by ACT, to provide a way for workforce development and economic development to work together towards a common goal of having a ready workforce.  ACT will award counties that reach their goals established by ACT with a certificate indicating they are Certified Work Ready.

What does it mean when a County

gets certified?

A county becomes eligible for the certification of CWRC once they have reached the NCRC and business engagement goals established by ACT.  The CWRC demonstrates that a county has a system in place to share with current employers and potential employer's data in regard to the quality of the workforce by documented scores in regard to the skill sets available within the county ‘s workforce.

What does it mean for a business to

be engaged?

A business can participate in the CWRC initiative by agreeing to participate in the recognition of the NCRC.  This means during their hiring process; they will ask potential applicants if they have the National Career Readiness Certificate.  It is not required for employment, but these employers recognize that applicants who do have the NCRC have taken the time to demonstrate to their potential employers a skill level that is clearly defined and universal throughout the US. 

Is the NCRC only good In Missouri or

the CWRC County?

ACT is nationally recognized, and the National Career Readiness Certificate is acknowledged in more than 25 states.  An employee who has earned the certificate can use it in any state that recognizes there NCRC designation to help show potential employers their work ready skills.

As an employee, how do I know

which category is applicable to my

situation, emerging workforce,

current workforce, or transitioning

workforce?

The emerging workforce consists of high school juniors, seniors and some college students, and recent graduates (within the last 12 months). The current workforce describes employees who are currently employed with some job either in the private sector or public sector.  This group is often underemployed, meaning if they could demonstrate their skill levels, they could potentially find a better job. Transitioning workforce consists of individuals who are currently unemployed; this could be retired, not working, or looking for work.

How do I know which county I am

taking the NCRC and will get the

credit towards the CWRC?

The NCRC is based on your current address, and the county in which you live.  So once you receive your National Career Readiness Certificate, the county in which you live will get the credit for the certificate which will go towards meeting their goals established by ACT.

I am a small business owner with

only a few employees and want to

know if I can sign up as an engaged

business?

Yes, all employers are welcome to sign up for the business engagement component of the CWRC.  It is highly encouraged that small businesses participate.  This will help with your hiring process and give you more information on the skill sets of potential employees.

Where does the data for each

county come from and how often is

it updated?

The data is provided by ACT based on the  number of WorkKeys tests that have successfully achieved the NCRC.  The data is posted on a monthly basis and reflects the certificates earned through the last day of the previous month.

If I take the WorkKeys assessment

and want to do better, can I take

the assessment again and improve

on my skills level?

Yes, this would be considered an improved certificate; it demonstrates an improvement in your skill sets and fills the skill gap if you increase the level of your certificate.

Will all three counties be certified at

the same time?

The application included Camden, Miller and Morgan counties to work towards the tri-county certification. While the communities are working together to get the lake area certified, the certification of the county is based on each county meeting the goals established by ACT.  Therefore, if a county reaches their goals prior to the other two counties reaching their goals, they will be certified first. 

Tri-County

Certified Work Ready Community