During the Board of Commissioners August meeting, Rockingham County announced it has met all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community, demonstrating its commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, desirable to employers, economic developers and current and future citizens of the county. It becomes the third Piedmont Triad County to achieve this national certification.
The ACT® Work Ready Communities (ACT® WRC) initiative empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth by identifying skills gaps and quantifying the skill level of their workforce. Participants leverage the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®) to measure and close skills gaps and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.
Rockingham County leaders began working towards becoming an ACT Work Ready Certified Community in January 2016. To begin the certification process, Rockingham County leaders attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp, an executive leadership and training program designed and led by ACT to initiate, deploy, and drive carefully tailored efforts to improve the county’s work readiness. Leaders met with local employers, policymakers, educators and economic developers to establish goals and build a sustainable WRC model to fit community needs.
“We are extremely proud of our Rockingham County team for working so diligently the last two and half years to achieve this goal,” said Kevin Berger, chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners. “This certification demonstrates our commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline and will go a long way toward building a more skilled workforce. Ultimately, this will give us an edge in our job recruitment efforts.”
“Congratulations to Rockingham County for becoming an ACT Work Ready Community, and joining a growing list of counties dedicated to building a robust workforce,” said ACT Regional Manager of Workforce Initiatives, Tony Garife. “The efforts of the county leadership to achieve WRC certification will provide the community with a tremendous economic development advantage and help it stand out for its workforce development efforts.”
The Commissioners also recognized two of Rockingham County’s key leaders who were instrumental in the process to become an ACT Work Ready Certified Community: Mr. Ken Allen, assistant director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism and Ms. Sharon Galloway, director of Human Resource Development/CRC for Rockingham Community College.
For more information on this initiative, go to www.workreadycommunities.org and view all of ACT’s workforce solutions at www.act.org/workforce
ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as a leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career. Visit act.org to learn more.