Caldwell County receives N.C. Chamber of Commerce recognition for workforce readiness

From Caldwell County EDC Reports


Caldwell County was among the first counties in North Carolina to embrace a program intended to help employers find workers who have proven abilities in certain vital skills, and local officials are celebrating the reaching of a benchmark.

Caldwell was the 18th North Carolina county to become fully certified as a “Work Ready Community,” meaning among other things that a critical percentage of workers have taken tests to receive a National Career Readiness Certificate and also that a certain percentage of employers have signed on to recognize the value of that certificate.

North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Government Affairs Gary Salamido applauded local officials for their early embrace of the Work Ready Communities program, which is run by ACT, a company best known for administering tests to measure how well high school students are prepared for college. For the Work Ready program, ACT measures workers’ abilities related to math, reading comprehension, and the ability to find information.

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