ACT Workforce Newsletter
Welcome to the ACT Workforce Newsletter
A digest of news, events, research, and information you can use.
- Upcoming Events
- How to Become an ACT WorkKeys® Profiler
- Job Profiling Training Discount Now Available to Those Who Qualify
- Get the Inside Track at the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit
- Introducing: Ready for Work, a Podcast to Help You Assess, Develop, and Grow Your Workforce
- Congratulations to ACT Director of Workforce Development for winning an NAWDP Award!
- Seeking Volunteers: Study of Soft Skills in the Workplace
- What do ACT CEO Marten Roorda, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Elmo the Muppet all have in common?
- Research: The “Career” Part of College and Career Readiness
- Product Spotlight: Exceptional Essential Skills Are No Longer Optional
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2019 Kentucky ACT Symposium
October 16, 2019
2019 Alabama ACT Conference
December 11, 2019
2020 Ohio ACT Conference
January 28-29, 2020
Upcoming Deadline for ACT WorkKeys® Job Profiling Training
Add Value to Your Team by Becoming a Job Profiler
Being a Profiler is a rewarding opportunity! You will help employers identify the skills needed for their jobs, work with learning institutions to identify the entry requirements for training programs, and provide individuals with the information they need to succeed. Your work will help to align the efforts of your community to close skill gaps. Additionally, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the WorkKeys skills and skill levels which can help you in all your WorkKeys-related efforts.
The training consists of distance-learning activities completed over 6 weeks and culminates with an onsite workshop at ACT headquarters in Iowa City to put learning to practice. For more information or to join the next class, click the link below or call 319-337-1724.
Distance Learning Begins: July 29, 2019
On-Site Workshop at ACT in Iowa City, IA: September 10-13, 2019
Deadline to register: July 12, 2019
New Discount Available for WorkKeys Profile Training
ACT is excited to announce a change in pricing to assist more individuals to work in their communities as ACT WorkKeys® Profilers. As you may know, Profilers work with employers and learning institutions to identify WorkKeys® and the National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®) skill requirements for jobs and training programs in their communities. To make the service more widely available, a 50% discount on the training fee (making the fee $1,050) is now available to clients who qualify and who come from areas without any profilers. For questions regarding eligibility, please call ACT at 319-337-1724 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The discount is available when clients attend the hands-on workshop portion of the training at ACT headquarters in Iowa City, Iowa. Please note: the annual license renewal fee is not included in the discount.
Attend the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit - October 28-30, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina
Get the inside track in a growing, thriving city. Fast-track your knowledge in NASCAR's hometown. Charlotte has experienced amazing growth in workforce and economic development. The second-largest city for banking and finance industry is surrounded by top-ranked colleges and universities, and is also home to thriving startup, tech, and business communities.
Hear from the best and brightest in the industry. We thoughtfully curated the most collaborative and innovative practices for workforce development at the Summit. Check out the dynamic speaker lineup here. Plus, new this year will be FRED Talks (Foster Relevant and Engaging Discussion), facilitated by Work Ready Communities Director Fred McConnel. You don’t want to miss this!
Now is a great time to start planning your trip to Charlotte so you can network and collaborate with your fellow educators, workforce and economic developers, employers, Work Ready Community leaders, human resource specialists, and business and industry partners. Engage in discussions about how to grow communities and sustain a robust workforce.
The Summit will be here before we know it - take advantage of early bird rates through July 31!
Introducing: Ready for Work, a Podcast to Help You Assess, Develop, and Grow Your Workforce
Ready for Work brings you the best and brightest in workforce development and career education with trends, innovation, and actions you can take to help your region’s workforce reach its highest potential. In bimonthly episodes, host Jasen Jones of the ACT Work Ready Communities team will interview experts in the field, share the best from live events, and dive into best practices and our favorite resources.
Throughout the year, we’ll cover topics that are essential to developing your local workforce such as skills-based hiring and stackable credentials, employer strategies, sector trends, and alignment of training – all of which are helpful for developing talent. We’ll also explore strategies for targeted populations to reduce poverty and increase economic impact. The podcast helps make sense of workforce data, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act known as WIOA and workforce development along with economic development strategies that increase the competitive value of your workforce.
Subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode. Check out Ready for Work in your favorite podcast app or simply visit act.org/readyforworkpodcast.
Are you involved in corporate hiring for healthcare, retail, food and beverage, or the manufacturing industry? We want your perspective!
ACT is seeking volunteers to participate in telephone interviews for a study of the soft skills needed in the workplace. Topics for discussion include the types of soft skills sought after to fill positions in your industry, methods to assess soft skills, and challenges faced around hiring or training soft skills. Interviews will be scheduled at your convenience and will last about one hour. An honorarium will be provided. To be considered, please fill out the survey below.
The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) announced the recipients of its coveted Advancement of the Profession Awards. Awards were presented at NAWDP's Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX on May 6, 2019.
Julie Gibson, director of Workforce Development at ACT, received the 2019 H.G. Weisman Award. The H.G. Weisman Award is granted, at the discretion of the NAWDP Board Chair, for “exceptional services to NAWDP and the field of workforce development.”
Join us in congratulating Julie!
Click to tweet: Congratulations to @mjuliegibson from @ACT for receiving the 2019 H.G. Weisman Award at @NAWDP’s Annual Conference! #NAWDP19 #ACTWorkforce
Photo: Julie Gibson accepting the 2019 H.G. Weisman Award at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Conference.
Each of them were speakers at the 10th Annual ASU + GSV Summit. Last month, several ACT members headed to San Diego to attend the event which is dubbed “the world’s leading education and workforce innovation summit.”
A highlight of our biggest takeaways:
- Give teams the freedom to make mistakes. The market is always shifting, so CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings encouraged, “Let’s try not to manage, but inspire.”
- Innovation is a collaborative journey. ACT CEO Marten Roorda shared ACT’s journey of transformation through strategic mergers, acquisitions, and investments.
- Together, learning and assessment can bend human potential. The theme of the event was “Bending the arc of human potential” and Roorda explained how the marriage of learning and measurement is critical for societal benefit.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be harnessed for social good. ACTNext Director of AI Saan Khan demonstrated how an AI-driven video practice platform can help individuals develop critical communication skills.
- Early education is of utmost importance. Elmo and Sesame Workshop’s COO Steve Youngwood took the stage to emphasize the impact of early learning opportunities.
Head over to the blog for more details about the event.
The foundational skills required for “college readiness” and “career readiness” are, in fact, equally rigorous and essential to student education and workplace success. Yet, how the skills are used differs significantly from an academic setting to a workplace setting. The differences can be seen in how the ACT® test differs from the ACT® WorkKeys® Assessments. For example, the ACT might assess a student’s comprehension of a passage from Shakespeare, whereas the WorkKeys assessments measure how an individual utilizes the skill of comprehension to solve a workplace problem.
While this isn’t a newsflash for anyone who has spent time in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) classroom, ACT wanted to provide more context. Through extensive research and data from the ACT test and ACT WorkKeys, ACT researchers developed a scaled framework to link college and career readiness.
In case you missed it, we hosted a webinar to dive deeper into the research behind the education and career readiness continuum. Mary LeFebvre, principal research scientist for ACT Policy, and Krista Matter, senior director of validity and efficacy research at ACT, differentiate between readiness for college and career.
Critical thinking, determination, teamwork, and decision-marketing—these soft skills are essential to the success of businesses and individuals. In today’s workforce they’re no longer an option, they’re a necessity.
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