Transylvania County has joined a host of other participating North Carolina counties in the ACT Work Ready Communities program. With 93 percent of its goal met, the county is close to receiving program certification, which helps businesses, policymakers and educators build a skilled workforce and enable economic development.
The program matches individuals to employment opportunities based on an individual’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) results and skill levels. The NCRC tests individuals’ abilities to locate and read for information and apply math skills.
Accoding to Jason Chappell, Director of Henderson County and Transylvania County’s NCWorks Career Center at Blue Ridge Community College, several groups benefit by participating in the program. Local businesses that recognize the NCRC can identify skills necessary for employment, which enables individuals to attain skills that are needed and valued. Educators better connect students to career pathways and industry-recognized credentials. Finally, policymakers and economic developers use the program’s reporting tools to brand the business community and account for any skills gaps.
Blue Ridge Community College has certified many individuals through the NCRC, which is a tool that can help individuals earn employment and is recognized nationwide.
Inclusion in the program demonstrates Tranyslvania County's commitment to economic development and a ready, well-trained workforce, Chappell said.
“Once certified, it is our hope to be able to better market what we have in Transylvania County,” he said.
To achieve county certification, Chappell encourages Transylvania County employers to register with the ACT Work Ready Communities Program, explore the NCRC and consult the NCRC when making hiring decisions. To register or learn more about the program, visit the program's website or contact the NCWorks Career Center at (828) 883-2550.