We all have a stake in making our Missouri communities competitive and attractive homes for businesses and employers. Change starts at the community level with a framework that:

  • Links workforce development to education
  • Aligns with the economic development needs of communities, regions and states
  • Matches individuals to jobs based on skill levels.

For Employers

Certified Work Ready Communities help you match employees to jobs based on verified skill levels. The ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate earned by individuals are matched to employers who either recognize or recommend the NCRC credential. Employer emphasizing the importance of workforce skill requirements fill a crucial role in the Certified Work Ready Communities effort.


Your participation in Missouri’s Work Ready Communities benefits not just your company, but your entire community. Work Ready Communities help job seekers in your area understand what skills employers are looking for, and it helps local educators prepare students for success.

If your business recognizes the NCRC in your county’s effort to become a Certified Work Ready Community, complete the Employer Partnership Letter, or register online at the ACT Work Ready Communities website.


For Educators

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate is central to Work Ready Communities as a measure of a well-rounded community. Using a WorkKeys curriculum can help students build essential career-relevant skills needed for learning, personal development and effective job performance.


As employers are looking for skilled workers who can learn and grow in their job, you can arm students with proof of their skills alongside a diploma or degree. Thus better preparing students for the workforce.