ACT, a non-profit, chose the Palmetto State and three others for the year-long Certified Work Ready Communities Academy. The initiative, which starts next week, will integrate all of the state’s job training and employment programs and bring together several state agencies including Commerce and the Department of Employment and Workforce. The main goal is to work with business communities around the state to see what types of training and skills companies are looking for in new employees. Workforce centers across the state already use ACT products, like the WorkKeys certification, to assess workers’ skills, train them and give them credentials. Some of the programs test “hard skills” like working with machinery and others prove communication or technical document literacy. According to WorkReady SC more than 160,000 South Carolinians already have some form of ACT certification.