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The Work Ready Community Initiative empowers counties across the United States to identify skill gaps and quantify the skill level of its workforce. This helps educators build career pathways aligned with the needs of businesses and industries.


Missouri was one of seven initial states in the country to implement the Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) Initiative.


Today, Missouri leads the nation with over 85 fully Certified Work Ready Communities and more than 4,500 supporting employers. Over 100 Missouri counties actively participate in the CWRC initiative.


This initiative is endorsed by the Missouri Economic Development Council, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), Missouri School Boards Association, Missouri Community College Association, and the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.


What is a Certified Work Ready Community?

A certified Work Ready Community means your local county has job candidates in the pipeline with high-demand skills proven by the National Career Readiness Certificate. It also shows that local employers care about hiring the best and brightest your region has to offer.


Build up a talent pipeline in your community to attract new companies as well as support your current business community. Participation in CWRC is voluntary and guided by key community leaders (local officials, economic development, business leaders, chambers, educators, and workforce development). Counties of all sizes can attract, retain, and develop a workforce with the education and foundational skills to succeed in the 21st century by utilizing the National Career Readiness Certificate.


What is the National Career Readiness Certificate?

ACT’s® National Career Readiness Certificate is a work-related skills credential, providing objective documentation of an individual’s skills that is accepted nationwide. It is composed of three WorkKeys® assessments that measure skills critical to on-the-job success.


WorkKeys assessments are offered for free at Missouri Job Center locations statewide. By speaking with staff at a Missouri Job Center, individuals can schedule a WorkKeys assessment. Learn more about the NCRC process by visiting the Missouri Jobs website.