ACT Ready for Work
Podcast Episode 34

Digital Badges Expand Reach and Impact of WorkKeys

The release of episode 34 of Ready for Work marks a milestone at ACT in the launch of digital badges for the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Listen in for benefits to working learners, employers, and the full workforce ecosystem. Episode 34 gives a quick overview on the value of badging, best practices for integrating badges for educators and employers, and tips to maximize the online presence of employers and career seekers.

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Featured Guests

Pat Leonard, Vice President of Business Development at Credly

About Pat Leonard

Pat Leonard, Credly’s Vice President of Business Development, lends a unique perspective honed by a variety of leadership positions on all sides of the talent development ecosystem. In corporate education Pat led the US Division of the American Management Association and was President of McGraw-Hill's Lifelong Learning Division. In talent development she led the largest region of Manpower Group's Right Management division providing career management and talent development solutions. In higher education Pat led the Business & Education partnership alliances for Laureate Education's global online universities was an executive publisher of college text and professional reference materials for Simon & Schuster and initiated the workforce education division for Pearson. Now with Credly Pat is leveraging that insight on both the supply and demand side of talent to provide a meaningful tool useful to the issuers of credentials the earners of those credentials and those who consume or utilize those credentials.


Neil Reddy, Co-Founder of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC)

About Neil Reddy

Neil Reddy is the co-founder of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) an industry-led, non-profit training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. Internally, Mr. Reddy oversees all departments from operations to marketing.  MSSC has more than 1,800 Authorized Assessment & Training Centers in 50 states, and has issued 193,000+ credentials.  Mr. Reddy’s passion lies in helping people get work, but also to help them build and develop career pathways.  Mr. Reddy has held this position since 2006.  Prior to joining MSSC, Mr. Reddy worked at the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM).  There he worked with the Department of Defense and NIST on national programs dedicated toward the advancement and development of next gen manufacturing.