Theres never been a better time for education and workforce to join forces.
As our country emerges from the recession, thousands of workers need to be retrained so they can fill employers demands for higher levels of skills.
In a growing number of regions around the country, various organizationsprimary and secondary schools, community colleges, universities, workforce and economic development agencies, employers, and labor groupsare aligning their resources to help transform and strengthen the American workforce.
Some of these partnerships are creating career pathway programs that help workers upgrade their skills and transition to new careers and, ultimately, provide employers with larger pools of qualified applicants. Career pathways are a series of connected education and training programs and support services that enable workers to secure employment within a specific industry or occupational sector and advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment. Each step on a career pathway prepares workers for the next level of education and employment.
National associations that represent the needs of businessessuch as ACTs newest partner, the National Center for Construction Education and Researchare recognizing the value of ACTs WorkKeys® and the National Career Readiness Certificate in their career pathways models.
In a time like thiswhen there are plenty of skilled jobs available, but not enough skilled workers to fill thempartnerships may be the key to solving this crisis.
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) will use the National Career Readiness Certificate to help construction workers succeed.
NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation created to develop industry-driven standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the critical workforce shortage facing the construction industry. The organizations processes of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, assessment, and the credentialing and certification system (national registry) are key components in the industrys workforce development efforts.Full Story
Michigan agencies join forces to award National Career Readiness Certificates.
Assessments ensure Wolverine Coil Spring remains competitive in a tough economic climate.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation collects data to determine teacher quality.
Students with eligible scores on the ACT or WorkKeys can earn scholarships.
States that adopt the Common Core State Standards can help close the widening gap.
Johns Hopkins research scientist shares data on at-risk middle school students.
Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority establishes additional ACT Test Centers.
Student joins elite group to achieve a perfect score in the Global Assessment Certificate program.
ACT will make the June test date available internationally starting in 2011.
Students at Dalhousie University gain skills that are essential to academic success.
Global Assessment Certificate Professional Development Workshop offers opportunity for networking.
Distinguished research scientist honored for contributions to her field.
ACT board member recognized for his many contributions to children and education.