About Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC)
The Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC) promotes regional partnerships of employers, educators, and workforce developers to address the skills needs of regional employers. As part of the group’s efforts, members continue to develop and expand on the ACT Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) initiative. ACT Work Ready Communities empowers states, regions, and counties with data, processes, and tools that drive economic growth. The CWRC initiative began as a pilot program to align workforce and education to meet the unique economic needs of the region.
Governor Ralph Northam visited IALR to formally announce Danville’s recognition as a CWRC on March 30, 2018. The Southern Virginia region was the first regional-state hybrid in the country to be selected by ACT to participate in the program. Danville was the fifth community to receive the designation, and five additional counties within the Go Virginia Region 3 have submitted applications to move forward with the CWRC initiative.
Visit the ACT Certified Work Ready Community website for more information on the initiative.
National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
As part of the CWRC certification, localities must prove their community’s schools are implementing programs to ensure students have already developed job-ready skills upon graduation. The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is used to measure and close the skills gap, and to build common frameworks that link, align and match workforce development efforts. The NCRC assessment is used in over 40 states to verify the employment skill level of job applicants.
IALR currently works with GO Virginia Region 3 employers to coordinate NCRC testing and enhance participation in in the drive toward achieving and maintaining CWRC status.
Visit the National Career Readiness Certificate website for more information.