Missouri Ranks Among Top States In U.S. For Ready Workforce In Rural Counties

Missouri was recently ranked among the top 10 states in the U.S. based on the number of ACT National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRCs) in rural counties, according to Site Selection magazine. Missouri ranked 9th on the list with more than 11,000 NCRCs in rural counties.

“Rural communities benefit from being able to align the skills of their workers to the skills needed by local employers, giving them an economic advantage to support existing industry and to attract new companies,” said Debra Lyons, principal strategist, workforce engagement external engagement at ACT. “When individual skills are aligned to the skills needed for a job, workers tend to learn job-related tasks more quickly, benefit from on-the-job training and obtain new knowledge and skills.”

The National Career Readiness Certificates are a work-related skills credential providing objective documentation of an individual’s skills that is accepted nationwide by many employers. ACT has awarded more than 78,000 National Career Readiness Certificates to workers in rural and urban Missouri, including more than 6,500 certificates to Missouri veterans.

For more information on Missouri’s highly skilled workforce check out our webpage, or contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, with any questions you might have, and learn how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion and investment needs.

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