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PBS NewsHour examines NCRC

Wednesday’s PBS NewHour aired an extended featured on the National Career Readiness and the NCRC’s role in preparing students for the workforce. For American industry, finding employees who have all the requisite skills is a big challenge, and hiring people who don’t stack up can cost businesses a great deal of money. Special correspondent John Tulenko…

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Proclamation honors Joplin’s workforce disaster recovery help to Oklahoma

The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Central Oklahoma recently issued a formal proclamation recognizing the assistance from Southwest Missouri as part of the workforce disaster recovery efforts.  Violent tornados struck the Oklahoma City metro and surrounding areas in May. A team from Joplin recently visited workforce system colleagues in Oklahoma to offer suggestions on launching…

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Real estate magazine profiles Joplin Work Ready

Joplin got a boost in an international real estate magazine known as Site Selection for its success with the Certified Work Ready Communities program.  Site Selection is read by 43 thousand corporate decision-makers that typically decided where investments are made for new businesses and new jobs.  The article profiled Joplin’s recovery effort and Missouri’s participation…

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NCRC helps Missourians work sooner, earn more

Many advocates of credential based hiring have long held that job seekers will earn higher wages or salaries commensurate to higher scores on credentials such as the National Career Readiness Certificate. Frank Neely from the WIB of Southwest Missouri led joint efforts with Mayo Enterprises and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development to put this…

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon presented Jones with an official proclamation as America's first-ever Certified Work Ready Community in 2013.

Gov. Nixon presents Work Ready Communities certification to Jasper County

Gov. Nixon headlined a press conference in Joplin Friday announcing that Jasper County earned the Certified Work Ready Community designation through ACT and the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Thousands of individuals that earned the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) helped Jasper County reach this prestigious goal. Held at Franklin Technology Center, the press conference showcased the…

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National case study showcases local success

ACT released a nationwide case study showcasing the success of Able Manufacturing and the local workforce system to transform local hiring processes and improve the region’s workforce. The six-page study profiles the solutions of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and WorkKeys job analysis packaged effectively with other value-added services from the partnerships within Workforce…