Ready for Work


Joplin's Road to Recovery as a Work Ready Community - Ten Years After Devastating Tornado Disaster

Season 2, Ep. 27
One of the nation's deadliest tornados struck Joplin, Missouri ten years ago this week.On episode 27 of Ready for Work, we take a closer look at Joplin's recovery through the lens of the workforce ecosystem and the nation's first ACT-certified Work Ready Community.A recurring theme is the priceless value of partnership connectivity and innovation.The workforce ecosystem was fortunate to have integrated partnerships with education and economic development that helped respond directly to the needs and urgency required.Check out interviews with a few of those partners, such as Dave Rockers from Franklin Technology Center, Julie Gibson, a former state workforce development director, and Rob O’Brian, the developer at the helm of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce during the recovery effort.This edition showcases clips from participants and leaders in Joplin's Disaster Recovery Jobs Program.Guests and Featured ResourcesRob O’Brian, O’Brian and Associates, former President of the Joplin Area Chamber of CommerceDave Rockers, Director, Franklin Technology CenterJulie Gibson, GPS Impact, former director of Missouri Workforce DevelopmentCitizens Advisory Recovery TeamSouthwest Missouri Workforce BoardACT Press Release on Joplin Tornado 10th AnniversaryDisaster Recovery Jobs Program Statewide Video JournalDisaster Recovery and Resiliency Series – Ready for Work PodcastResiliency Toolkit and Disaster Recovery Resources from ACTACT Work Ready Communities

25 - Rebooting Economic and Workforce Development for 2021

Season 2, Ep. 25
Keeping the future in mind is a necessary function for persisting through disaster recovery.As regions continue to overcome the pandemic, there is a balance in preparing for future opportunities and obstacles at the same time.Episode 25 features Chad Chancellor, Co-Founder and CEO of the Next Move Group.Listeners can gain insight on the ever-changing skills marketplace in economic development and how that translates to expectations for workforce development and career education leaders.Chad explains how smaller markets and rural areas could see increased viability.Prospects and investors appreciate a simple, user-friendly approach with the buckets of recruit, screen, and train.Chad helps listeners find the right balance in wage competitiveness as well.Rounding out episode 25 are recaps from Mark Arend of Site Selection magazine as new rankings are out for 2021.Preble County, Ohio’s economic development chief, Brenda Latanza, shares her experience in the site selection process as a Work Ready Community.Guests and ContributorsChad Chancellor, Next Move GroupMark Arend, Site Selection MagazineBrenda Latanza, Preble County (OH) Development PartnershipResourcesNext Move Group2021 State of the States and Regional Workforce Rankings from Site Selection MagazineEpisode 18 with Mark Arend of Site Selection MagazineEpisode 10 Work Ready Communities OverviewEpisode 1 Using Work Ready Communities for Economic DevelopmentACT Workforce NewsletterACT Workforce SolutionsACT Work Ready Communities

24 - Deploy and Analyze Recovery and Resiliency Initiatives

Season 2, Ep. 24
In our third of three episodes dedicated to Skills-Based Recovery and Resiliency, episode 24 brings us to the Deploy and Analyze phases in the five-part ALEDA framework. Sean McCoy from Public Consulting Group shares some factors worth considering in the deployment of recovery services remotely. We’ll check out some best practice examples in remote work-based learning with Kelly Dyer in Missouri, and remote instruction with Brownwyn Robertson in Mississippi.Mike Longo and Mary LeFebvre are back with us to share tips and perspectives in analyzing recovery and resiliency efforts.Episode 22 covers the Adapt phase while 23 explores the Lead and Engage phases. Guests and ContributorsSean McCoy, Public Consulting GroupKelly Dyer, Missouri InternConnect and ApprenticeConnectMike Longo, Lorain County Workforce Agency and OhioMeansJobs CenterBrownwyn Robertson, Mississippi Adult Education Smart StartMary LeFebvre, ACT Governmental Affairs ResourcesSign up for the ACT Toolkits on Skills-Based Hiring for Recovery and ResiliencyPublic Consulting Group and VERA SolutionMissouri InternConnect and ApprenticeConnectEpisode 11: Next-Level Apprenticeship and Work-Based LearningACT Case Study on Ohio Re-Employment Success in Lorain County/Northern OhioACT Case Study on Ohio Statewide Re-Employment SuccessEpisode 20: Adult Education Success in Mississippi with WorkKeys CurriculumMississippi Adult Education Smart StartWorkKeys CurriculumEpisode 22: Adapt Phase of ALEDA Framework (Part 1 of 3)Episode 23: Lead and Engage Phases of ALEDA Framework (Part 2 of 3)ACT Workforce NewsletterACT Workforce SolutionsACT Work Ready Communities

23 - Leading and Engaging Recovery and Resiliency

Season 2, Ep. 23
Workforce ecosystem leaders encounter plenty of challenging layers to disaster recovery and economic resiliency. ACT curated a five-part toolkit with a framework we call ALEDA. We covered the Adapt phase in Episode 22. In this installment, we explore the Lead and Engage phases. We have an interview with Lisa Rice, a former Workforce Director turned leadership consultant.Lisa offers perspectives on three qualities of a leader in disaster recovery, and advice for those new to skills-based recovery systems. Mike Longo, a workforce director in the certified Work Ready Community of Lorain County, Ohio. Through the OhioMeansJobs centers, Mike’s team deployed the Make Your Lay Off Pay Off initiative. Mike shares lessons learned from the last economic downturn, and how they reformed training and quality standards in their deployment.Guests and ContributorsLisa Rice, Every Strength CountsMike Longo, Lorain County Workforce Agency and OhioMeansJobs CenterEd Morrison, Agile Strategy Lab and co-author of Strategic DoingResourcesSign up for the ACT Toolkits on Skills-Based Hiring for Recovery and ResiliencyEvery Strength Counts Leadership Development, Consulting, Peer EngagementLorain County OhioMeansJobsACT Case Study on Ohio Re-Employment Success in Lorain County/Northern OhioACT Case Study on Ohio Statewide Re-Employment SuccessEpisode 22: Adapt Phase of ALEDA Framework (Part 1 of 3)Episode 24: Deploy and Analyze Phases of ALEDA Framework (Part 3 of 3)Episode 4: Getting Strategic About Doing Agile Strategy Lab ACT Workforce NewsletterACT Workforce SolutionsACT Work Ready Communities

22 Adapting for Recovery with Data, Skills, and Systems

Season 2, Ep. 22
Ready for Work episode 22 is the first of three on the ALEDA Framework using Skills-Based Hiring for Disaster Recovery and Economic Resiliency. The five-part framework is Adapt, Lead, Engage, Deploy, and Analyze. We focus this episode on the Adapt phase in Data, Skills, and Systems.The Adapt phase helps us re-position traditional disaster recovery models to meet the needs of your local economy.We must adapt our local data to be current and actionable in order to address each issue organically.Skills for the jobs that remain or return often change dramatically based on the pivots employers make to adapt to their new market realities. Disaster recovery often requires unbundling of your current services to create the flexibility needed to convert options for remote access and other safety protocols.Guests and ContributorsMary LeFebvre, ACT Governmental Affairs Eric Canada, Blane-Canada Ltd.Chris Manheim, Manheim Solutions and Certified WorkKeys ProfilerVirginia Hamiliton, WorkforceGPSSean McCoy, Public Consulting GroupResourcesSign up for ACT Toolkits on Skills-Based Hiring for Recovery and ResiliencyBRE Covid Response Network from Blane Canada LtdACT WorkKeys JobPro Database (for probing skill levels by job title)Customer-Centered Design Community of Practice from WorkforceGPSWorkforceGPS Pathway to Recovery ResourcesContact Risk Database for Return to Work PlanningEpisode 23: Lead and Engage Phases of ALEDA Framework(Part 2 of 3)Episode 24: Deploy and Analyze Phases of ALEDA Framework(Part 3 of 3)ACT Workforce NewsletterACT Workforce SolutionsACT Work Ready Communities

20 Adult Education Success in Mississippi with Guest Bronwyn Robertson

Season 1, Ep. 20
Bronwyn Robertson shares how Mississippi Community College Board’s Smart Start adult education equipsadult learners with workforce credentials (including the WorkKeys NCRC) and ultimately them for success.What more can adult education programs be doing to prepare participants for career success? As the job market continues to evolve, more and more learners rely on these programs to educate them on financial literacy, career awareness skills, class management systems, sector strategies, and countless other workforce-related topics.Smart Start, a program of theOffice of Adult Education at the Mississippi Community College Board, is taking the initiative by equipping its participants with vital career readiness skills and credentials. Smart Start Project Specialist Bronwyn Robertson is hopeful that this program will continue to close the gap between worker supply and demand.Founded uponACT® WorkKeys® Curriculum, Smart Start is a 45-hour intensive course that teaches participants how to apply their specialized skills beyond high school. Students also have the opportunity to earn theirACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®). Robertson and her team agree that earning these credentials is critical—particularly for those 350,000 Mississippi residents who do not have their high school diploma.“The Smart Start program through the Office of Adult Education is a career pathway,” shares Robertson. “At the end of the day, we are all trying to provide every Mississippian the opportunity to secure employment.”With over 6,200 Smart Start credentials offered since 2016, it’s clear that Mississippi’s adult education initiative has made a lasting impact on the success of its participants. Tune in to Episode 20 and hear more about how Mississippi’s Smart Start plan is empowering current and future jobseekers.Join the ConversationSkill UP Mississippi:FacebookandTwitterMississippi Community College Board:TwitterJasen Jones Twitter:@JasenCJonesACT Twitter:@actACT Workforce Solutions:LinkedInResourcesImplementation of ACT WorkKeys Curriculum in Adult EducationPresentation from ACT Workforce SummitOffice of Adult Education at the Mississippi Community College BoardACT® WorkKeys® CurriculumACT WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®)ACT Work Ready CommunitiesACT WorkforceSummit

19 Making the Most of Second Chances with Guest Shelly Jacobs

Season 1, Ep. 19
The Missouri Department of Corrections’ reentry program is equipping returning citizens with career credentials, barrier removal supports, and the WorkKeys NCRC. Reentry Coordinator Shelly Jacobs joins us to share the impact on their workforce.As employers across the nation are expanding their outreach efforts in search of a dedicated workforce, theMissouri Department of Corrections (DOC)has developed new ways to prepare returning citizens for steady employment upon release. Since implementing the reentry program two years ago, Missouri’s prison population has decreased by 7,000 individuals—a shift that Shelly Jacobs, a reentry coordinator with the Missouri DOC, believes is an encouraging sign for the future.With approximately 19,000 men and women released from prison each year in the state of Missouri, reentry programs are vital to building up credentials and reinforcing basic skills. AdministeringACT® WorkKeys® Assessmentsand giving them the chance to earn theirACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®), says Jacobs, is the best way to represent the prison population as a viable workforce opportunity.“These men and women have got the skills,” Jacobs shares. “They just need that second chance. So the NCRC is proof to these employers that these people do have basic skills that, really, can be valuable in any position, regardless of the position.”Join us as we learn more about the exciting ways that prison reentry programs are changing today’s economic landscape, and how Missouri’s prison population may yet be the next professional development network.Join the ConversationMissouri Department of Corrections:TwitterandFacebookJasen Jones Twitter:@JasenCJonesACT Twitter:@actACT Workforce Solutions:LinkedInResourcesMissouri Department of Corrections (DOC)ACT® WorkKeys® AssessmentsACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®)ACT Work Ready CommunitiesACT Workforce Solutions