With it being one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, its beautiful rivers and stellar school districts, Christian County has a lot going for it — and now it has one more tool in the tool box. On Nov. 2, the county, Ozark and Nixa school districts and the Missouri Job Center celebrated being named an ACT Certified Work Ready Community and received its ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.
“We all understand the importance of job readiness and how that is important for the workforce,” Mary Ann Rojas, director of the Missouri Job Center, said during a presentation at the County Resource Building with county, city and school officials. “Becoming a Certified Work Ready Community is not easy.”
According to information from the ACT, Work Ready Communities — referred to as WRC — “empowers states, regions and counties with data, process and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate to measure and close the skills gap — and building common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.”
Missouri was one of the first states in the country to implement the program and Christian County is now one of 49 counties in the state to become certified, with 82 employers participating.