County to get Work Ready Certificate

By: Special to The Union Times

UNION COUNTY — Local officials will be presented with a certificate certifying Union County’s work readiness during a press conference Monday morning.

In a statement released this week, the Upstate Workforce Board announced that SC House District 42 Rep. Mike Anthony and Union County Supervisor Frank Hart “will receive the ACT Work Ready Communities Certificate for Union County at a press conference at the Union County Courthouse.”

The press release states that State Rep. P. Michael “Mike” Forrester will present the certificate to Anthony and Hart. In addition to being a member of the SC House of Representatives, the press release states that Forrester is also a member of the SC Workforce Development Board.

The press conference will take place on Monday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. on the front steps of the courthouse on Main Street in downtown Union.

The press release states that “ACT created the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative in 2012 to provide states, regions and communities with a framework for community-based workforce development to drive economic growth. Participating organizations use the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™, based on three foundational workplace skills assessments from the ACT WorkKeys® system, to measure and close skills gaps. The approach allows a region to align its workforce development efforts to strengthen economic development.”

The announcement further states that “the foundation of a community’s certification is based on individuals at the county level across the current, transitioning and emerging workforce earning a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and employers recognizing the NCRC. The NCRC is a portable, industry-recognized credential that clearly identifies an individual’s WorkKeys® skills in reading for information, applied math and locating information — skills required for 77 percent of jobs based on ACT JobPro database.

About Upstate Workforce Board

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During a Monday morning press conference

Special to The Union Times

This story courtesy of the Upstate Workforce Board.

This story courtesy of the Upstate Workforce Board.