Intermodal talks work readiness program

POCAHONTASRhonda Fowler, Career and Technical Education Coordinator at Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative in Walnut Ridge, was guest presenter at Thursday’s NEA Intermodal monthly meeting held at BRTC where she spoke about the process a community takes in order to become “work ready” and what it means for the community.

The ACT Work Ready Community program is set in place to empower states, regions and counties with data, processes and other tools to help drive area economic growth. Local business and industry who participate in the program do so by using the ACT WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) to measure the skills gap for their workforce applicants. Fowler said that northeast Arkansas was the first area in the state to implement the program after it was rolled out by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. She noted that Lawrence County recently received the designation and that Randolph, Clay and Greene Counties are “just about there.”


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