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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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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…

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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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Workers share experiences with workforce disaster recovery

The Missouri Disaster Recovery Jobs Program employed hundreds of workers providing disaster cleanup and humanitarian aid in tornado-ravaged Joplin and Duquesne along with other parts of Missouri plagued by flooding.  The Missouri Division of Workforce Development (DWD) recently published a 35-minute video highlighting DRJP statewide.  The WIB captured highlights of the work in Southwest Missouri…

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Education leaders share NCRC & CWRC benefits

A new video feature here at workready.info features four local education leaders discussing the benefits of the National Career Readiness Certificate and Certified Work Ready Communities.  These stakeholders commented on why the NCRC is the best vehicle to test work readiness, the motivation for students, connectivity to the workforce, opportunities for collaboration and growth in…

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Disabilities don’t have to be a roadblock on the career superhighway

American Job Centers are equipped with resources to remove all sorts of barriers, including disability. Accessibility is provided through physical and telecommunication resources in the center. Partnerships with groups such as Vocational Rehabilitation and PFH further enhance the center’s ability to help. Both agencies routinely collaborate with the center and both have local offices near…