Hinds County Certified as a Work Ready Community


When it comes to the field of economic development and the projects that accompany it, the number one issue these days involves demonstrating the quality of the local workforce. For years, our organization has been submitting quantitative data on those who work or desire to work in our county. With our new designation as a Certified ACT Work Ready Community, we can begin to provide more qualitative data.

The ACT Work Ready Communities program seeks to provide a framework that:

1. Links workforce development to education.
2. Aligns with the economic deveopment needs of communities, regions and states.
3. Matches individuals to jobs based on skill levels

Cerification involves administering the WorkKeys test to students, employed personnel, and job seekers so that they can obtain a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). This test assesses those who take it in three categories: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents. Those who are tested can achieve Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certificate status. Each status level indicates the skills, roles, and functions the certificate holder should be capable of performing.

The certification process also entails connecting with local employers to ensure that they are aware that the NCRC exists so that they will recoginize it when they encounter an applicant with such a certification.
At the time of this post, there are 240 Work Ready Certified counties in the United States. There are 15 certified counties in the state of Mississippi, and Hinds County is honored to be designated as one of them.

For more information on Work Ready Communites and to track our progress, visit https://www.workreadycommunities.org/MS/049.