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County earns Work Ready status

Post Date:09/11/2017 6:44 AM

Tom Green County has earned a nationally recognized certification as a ACT Work Ready Community.

The Work Ready Communities program will help Tom Green County develop a pipeline between skilled workers and employers. Work Ready communities improve and measure the skill level of their workforces through a recognized standard – the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™.  This credential is issued at the bronze, silver, gold or platinum levels to indicate career readiness.

To earn the community certification, local leaders attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy, an executive leadership program designed by ACT. They then worked toward certification goals by building awareness among, cooperation with and a commitment by local employers, policymakers, educators and economic developers.

“The progressive thinking of our community leaders and their positive action demonstrate an enduring commitment to growing the economic success of the San Angelo area,” County Judge Steve Floyd said. 

San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter added that “local residents will begin seeing the important link between education and workforce development, and the value of matching people to jobs.” 

Building blocks of the Work Ready program include:

  • ACT WorkKeys® assessments. These standardized tests measure a person’s essential work readiness skills in applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information. Such skills are critical for most jobs.
  • ACT KeyTrain,® which helps workers improve their skill levels.
  • ACT Career Ready 101,™ which helps teachers bring work readiness into the classroom.
  • A job analysis system that helps employers understand ACT WorkKeys scores needed for entry into and effective performance in a given job.

For more information, visit tomgreencountyworks.com.