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WorkReady WA, an initiative funded through two separate rounds of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants, worked with various community & technical colleges throughout the state along with several industry partners to promote the portable credential through ACT, the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Led by the Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing this initiative was initially developed through a coordinated effort by a number of consortium members, all leaders in a variety of private sector, non-profit and educational organizations focused on workforce and economic development within Washington State. The WorkReady WA initiative ended when the last of the DOL TAACCCT grants ended Sept. 30, 2018.

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The ACT NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school, work-based learning programs, or through post-secondary paths, because it is a valid predictor of job performance. A National Career Readiness Certificate is earned by completing the three WorkKeys Assessments:

  • The Applied Math assessment measures critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and problem solving techniques for situations that actually occur in today’s workplace.
  • The Workplace Documents assessment measures the skills people use when they read and use written text such as memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations on the job.
  • The Graphic Literacy assessment measures the skill needed to locate, synthesize, and use information from workplace graphics.

The ACT NCRC is the foundation of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) stackable credential program. It is also a key component of credentialing programs in other industries, such as energy, construction, and information technology. Students on various career paths earn the ACT NCRC on their way to earning industry credentials and certifications.

For further information on ACT’s NCRC please visit the following website: