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Upcoming Events

Join us in Charlotte!

Don’t forget: The deadline to take advantage of the group hotel rate is 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 1.

Director of ACT® Work Ready Communities Fred McConnel would love for you to join us in Charlotte!

Just Around the Corner – 2019 ACT Workforce Summit

In a little over a month, the best and brightest in workforce and economic development will gather in Charlotte, NC to Get the Inside Track to growing communities and sustaining a robust workforce. 

Workforce development professionals know time is a precious commodity, and it can be difficult to decide which initiatives will spur success. That’s why we curate the best in collaborative and innovative practices for workforce development at the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit.

Get a preview of our impressive lineup of speakers, some of whom were recently featured on our Ready for Work podcast: 

Dr. Jeff McCord

Dr. Jeff McCord, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Work Ready Communities Awards luncheon.  

Hear him talk about the convergence of education and workforce on Ready for Work

Sherrell Dorsey

Sherrell Dorsey, data journalist, social entrepreneur, and speaker, will be featured in the new FRED (Foster, Relevant, Engaging, and Dynamic) Talks.

Tune in to her Ready for Work podcast episode to hear more about intentional diversity and inclusion.

Lynette Livingston

Lynette Livingston, Executive Dean at Chippewa Valley Technical College, will share insights on Awarding Credit Where Credit Is Due and showcase how career readiness programs have been a vital component of success in her hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Check out the Ready for Work podcast where Lynette takes a deep dive into curriculum profiling or watch the webinar to see the benefits of awarding credit through prior learning assessment.

Neil Reddy

Neil Reddy, Executive Director of the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC) and NCATC member, will present on Work-Based Learning Models for Youth That Leverage Certifications and Apprenticeships. 

Listen to the Ready for Work podcast where he shares how MSSC blazed the trail and created a gold standard for manufacturing skills standards.


ACT State Organizations Events 

2019 Kentucky ACT Symposium

October 16, 2019

Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

2019 North Carolina ACT Conference

October 23, 2019

Forsyth Tech Community College

2019 South Carolina ACT Conference

November 13, 2019

Midlands Technical College
Columbia, SC


2019 Arizona ACT Summit

December 3, 2019

Desert Willow Conference Center
Phoenix, AZ

2019 Alabama ACT Conference

December 10-11, 2019

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

2020 Ohio ACT Conference

January 28-29, 2020

Location TBD

2020-01-28 09:00:00 2020-01-28 17:00:00 America/New_York Ohio ACT Conference Save the Date for the 2019 Ohio ACT Conference TBD ACT, Inc.

2020 Arkansas ACT Summit

March 3, 2020

2020-03-03 09:00:00 2020-03-03 17:00:00 America/New_York Arkansas ACT Summit Save the Date for the 2020 Arkansas ACT Summit TBD ACT, Inc.

2020 Oklahoma ACT Conference

March 5, 2020

2020-03-05 09:00:00 2020-03-05 17:00:00 America/New_York Oklahoma ACT Conference Save the Date for the 2020 Oklahoma ACT Conference TBD ACT, Inc.

2020 Louisiana ACT Conference

March 11, 2020

2020-01-28 09:00:00 2020-01-28 17:00:00 America/New_York Louisiana ACT Conference Save the Date for the 2020 Louisiana ACT Conference TBD ACT, Inc.

ACT will be exhibiting at these upcoming conferences. 
Will you be there? Stop by to say hi!

National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers  
September 11–13, 2019
Twin Cities, Minnesota 

National Council for Workforce Education  
October 8–9, 2019
San Antonio, Texas

Workforce 2030
October 15–16, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri 


Reflecting on Our Past: Workplace Success Becomes Part of the ACT Mission

In May 2011, one of the nation’s deadliest tornadoes destroyed nearly one-third of Joplin, Missouri. To prevent mass out-migration, local workforce and economic development leaders came together as an ACT® Work Ready Community. 

Joplin’s example is no outlier. Local leaders who seek to apply the WorkKeys success model to their counties, parishes, or regions, have a framework for excellence with ACT Work Ready Communities. What began nationally in 2012 now has 464 locations in 29 states, and more than 25,000 employers recommending or recognizing the ACT® WorkKeys® National Readiness Certificate (NCRC®). 

ACT Work Ready Communities: 25K Employers Strong and Growing

In 450-plus active ACT Work Ready Communities, more than 25,000 employers now recognize or recommend the WorkKeys NCRC.  

One example is NV Energy, a public utility which generates, transmits, and distributes electric services in northern and southern Nevada, including the Las Vegas Valley, and provides natural gas service in the Reno-Sparks metro area of Northern Nevada. WorkKeys is essential to the success of NV Energy and its employees. “We at NV Energy use ACT WorkKeys to assess aptitude in order to be considered for our trade positions,” says Trudy Haszlauer, Labor Relations Manager at NV Energy. “This allows us to get the right people into our apprenticeship programs and ultimately provides our new employees a greater chance at success.” 

ACT WorkKeys Profiling Training: Sign Up by September 20

Add value to your team and increase the skills your community needs by becoming a WorkKeys-authorized job profiler! 

In this role, you can use your comprehensive understanding of WorkKeys skills to help employers and educators implement WorkKeys system tools. 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. Also, if there are no or few currently authorized profilers in your area, you may be eligible for a 50% discount on the training fee (making the training fee $1,050).  WorkKeys profiling training is a combination of distance learning activities and webcasts and culminates in an onsite workshop at ACT’s corporate headquarters in Iowa City, Iowa. 

To join the next class or for more information, click the link below or call 319-337-1724.

  • Deadline to register:
    September 20, 2019 
  • Distance learning begins:
    September 30, 2019 
  • Onsite workshop at ACT:
    November 12–15, 2019 

Webinar: Leveraging National Certificates in Apprenticeship

Does your apprenticeship program leverage national certifications to yield successful outcomes? Education models that are both industry-specific and demonstrate a career pathway can provide students with the opportunity to learn and earn. 
Work-based learning, such as apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship, provides individuals with credentials that provide clear labor market value. Discover how national certifications can boost your work-based learning program. 

Join us Tuesday, September 24, for a free webinar to learn:

  • How to identify quality, stackable credentials and incorporate them into apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs
  • How to implement strategies which help individuals navigate the overwhelming number of credentials available
  • How to align foundational skills development to work-based learning programs that can lead to industry-recognized credentials, exceptional retention rates, and successful employment

September 24 at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT

Product Spotlight: ACT WorkKeys Curriculum

Workforce Solutions in Action: Eastman Chemical

Turning Talent into Eastman’s Competitive Advantage

Eastman, one of Tennessee’s largest employers, uses ACT Workforce Solutions to build a high-performance workforce and works with local schools to develop their workforce pipeline. By implementing WorkKeys directly into their hiring process, Eastman improved the quality of new hires, saved time and money, and prepared individuals for greater success. 

Once hired, employees can advance in Eastman’s US Department of Labor-registered apprenticeship program or use the ACT® WorkKeys® Curriculum to strengthen their foundational skills.  


  • 10 job profiles completed at Eastman, including all entry-level manufacturing positions
  • 2.3K+ individuals in the Northeast Tennessee region with a WorkKeys NCRC
  • 342 Employees with the WorkKeys NCRC successfully completed apprenticeship training

Partner Spotlight: Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

The ACT Workforce ecosystem reaches far and wide to engage the unique audiences involved in workforce development initiatives. We collaborate with educators, employers, economic developers, and industry associations across the country to help communities thrive and prosper. 

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led training, assessment, and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers.  

In addition to MSSC’s CEO Neil Reddy’s recent Ready for Work podcast episode and our upcoming webinar focused on apprenticeship, ACT will be on a roadshow this fall with MSSC to share insights on the latest and greatest workforce development initiatives and trends. See our upcoming events and exhibits for more information. 

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