Clark County will be the first county in Nevada to become a certified ACT® Work Ready Community, a national designation that uses hard data to help close the skills gap and produce a workforce ready to meet the needs of current and future employers.
To date, Clark is the largest county in the nation to receive the certification.
The official certification ceremony will be on June 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Workforce Connections, 6330 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite #150, Las Vegas, 89146.
More than 550 employers in Southern Nevada already support this initiative which revolves around the WorkKeys® Assessments.
Just as colleges and universities rely on the ACT exam to determine a student’s readiness for higher education, the ACT WorkKeys Assessments determine a job seeker’s readiness for the workplace by measuring a range of foundational workplace skills. Those skills include critical thinking, problem solving, graphic literacy, understanding workplace documents, as well as following workplace procedures.
Job seekers who pass the three main assessments earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) proving to employers their job readiness skills. If skills gaps are identified, the ACT WorkKeys curriculum helps close those gaps.
So far, nearly 10,000 local individuals have been awarded a NCRC.
“We are proud that Clark became the largest county in the nation to be certified by ACT as a Work Ready Community. We will produce a workforce that is ready to meet the needs of employers,” said Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick.