Lincoln County Recognized for Workforce Development Achievements at ACT Workforce Summit

November 7, 2019

Lincoln County Recognized for Workforce Development Achievements at ACT Workforce Summit

Star City, AR—Lincoln County was recognized for its workforce development achievements over the past year at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, along with 48 other participating ACT Work Ready Communities. The annual summit, which brings together experts in business, education, workforce and economic development, included the ACT Work Ready Communities Awards Ceremony and Recognition. During the ceremony, representatives from participating ACT Work Ready Community counties and parishes received awards for becoming certified or completing a new set of goals to maintain their certification.

“We are so happy to recognize and award our Work Ready Communities at our annual convening of workforce experts,” said ACT President of Measurement, Suzana Delanghe. 

“By implementing the ACT WorkKeys NCRC, Star City School District has demonstrated a commitment to developing a strong workforce in Lincoln County. This is paramount to build stronger communities and fostering business and economic growth in our area,” according to Director of Accountability, Emilee Dutton.

The ACT® Work Ready Communities (ACT® WRC) initiative empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth by identifying skills gaps and quantifying the skill level of their workforce. Participants leverage the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®) to measure and close skills gaps and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.

The ACT Work Ready Community initiative includes 486 participating counties and parishes in 29 states. Lincoln County, with the help of Star City School District, was the first county in our region to achieve a “Work Ready” status. “We have a responsibility to prepare our students for college and career, and help our community by producing work ready graduates. We will continue to prepare our students by providing the nationally recognized certification in addition to a diploma, stated, Superintendent Jon Laffoon.” 
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