Ready for Work


34 - Digital Badges Expand Reach and Impact of WorkKeys

Season 3, Ep. 34

The release of episode 34 of Ready for Work marks a milestone at ACT® in the launch of Digital Badges for the WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®). Guests include Pat Leonard, the VP for Business Development at Credly®, and Neil Reddy, CEO of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). Listen in for benefits to working learners, employers, and the full workforce ecosystem. Episode 34 gives a quick overview on the value of badging, best practices for integrating badges for educators and employers, and tips to maximize the online presence of employers and career seekers. 

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32 - Preparing Workforce Ecosystems for Returning Citizen Success

Season 3, Ep. 32
Unprecedented skill shortages in labor markets across the U.S. often intersect with a desire for Justice System reform that provides pathways for Returning Citizens to thrive. When optimized in a regional workforce ecosystem, Returning Citizens are a high-performing group of working learners to boost a regional talent pipeline.Episode 32 is the second in our two part series on Preparing Workforce Ecosystems for Returning Citizen Success. We’ll look at a five P’s framework of partnerships, planning, preparation, pathways, and performance with tips to launch or optimize regional re-entry initiatives.Guest ContributorsDr. Roderick Nunn, Executive Vice President of Concordance Academy in St. LouisNeil Volz, Deputy Director of the Florida Rights Restoration CoalitionCurtis Campogni, Founder of Speak4MCMichael Williams, Education Consultant, North Carolina Department of Juvenile JusticeWill Coppage, Executive Director of the Washington County, Mississippi, Economic AlliancePresiding Judge Charles Elliot, Morgan County, AlabamaResourcesSign up for the ACT Workforce Toolkit on Preparing Workforce Ecosystems for Returning Citizen SuccessEpisode 31 on Life Changing Asset and Skills-Based Solutions in Alternative SentencingEpisode 19 on Missouri Making the Most of Second ChancesEpisode 7 on Empowered Re-EntryACT Workforce SolutionsACT Work Ready CommunitiesACT's Monthly Workforce Newsletter

30 - Linking WorkKeys to Adult Education College and Career Readiness Standards

Season 3, Ep. 30
Federally funded Adult Basic Education (ABE) helps more than a million and half adults each year earn a high school equivalency, increase basic and employability skills, or improve their English language proficiency. The National Reporting Service governs the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRSAE) inside Adult Ed.Through an accountability and performance system of Educational Functioning Levels and Measurable Skill Gains, these standards guide learning and assessment in Adult Ed.A group of nine subject matter experts in Adult Education formed a panel to align the CCRSAE to the benchmarks of WorkKeys. The panelists represent four states across the South, Midwest, and Northeast regions of the U.S.Results of the study help demonstrate a crosswalk with the Educational Functioning Levels to help ABE programs optimize performance as working learners meet both career and education goals. The report is available now.Enhancing the detail of the crosswalk are best practices from the Mississippi Community College Board, Hagerstown Community College in Maryland, and Metropolitan Community College of Omaha, Nebraska.Each guest contributes their perspectives on the importance of the alignment work and how it helps improve ABE programming.The panelists share what they gained in unique insights from the research that also helps demystify Strength of Link.Episode 30 concludes with tips to read and interpret the crosswalk along with a briefing on the newMove Ahead with Adult Ed campaign.Guest ContributorsTammy Green, Metropolitan Community College of OmahaBronwyn Robertson, Mississippi Community College BoardDawn Shoenenberger, Hagerstown (Maryland) Community CollegeResourcesWorkKeys Crosswalk Alignment with Adult Ed Standards (CCRSAE) TABE-WorkKeys Data Relationships in MississippiACT Work Ready CommunitiesACT WorkKeys Job Profiling and Research