HCC and others attend ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp

ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp in Ark.

(November 8, 2018) – When Hagerstown Community College President Jim Klauber first arrived on campus in June, he was immediately interested in sharing his past success with ACT Work Ready Communities.

As the result of an informational meeting with community stakeholders that he hosted in September, representatives from HCC and several other Washington County organizations recently attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Bootcamp in Little Rock, Ark.

“I was extremely pleased that so many members of our community quickly saw the value of working toward this designation,” said Klauber. “In my experience, I have witnessed the power of broad partnerships, using WorkKeys NCRC and attaining the ACT Work Ready Community designation, to take economic development to the next level.”

Klauber added that this national program focuses on partnerships and collaboration between colleges, employers, and the community to promote student success, advance a qualified workforce, and contribute to a stronger local economy.

As part of a Work Ready Community, career readiness assessments help employers identify employees whose skill levels match their needs. The assessment focuses on three areas: applied math, workplace documents, and graphic identity. From the assessment, potential employees earn a certificate, based on three levels of achievement, which is used to identify the best match between employer and employee.

Participants at the boot camp learned about ways to leverage the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate to measure and close the skills gaps, and build a common framework that links, aligns, and matches with workforce development efforts.

To learn more about the effort to attain the Work Ready Community designation in Washington County, contact Theresa Shank, HCC’s dean of continuing education and workforce development, at tmshank@hagerstowncc.edu or 240-500-2476.

Pictured at the ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp in Ark., from left, are: Linda Spence, of the Washington County Department of Business Development; Peggy Pugh, of Washington County Public Schools; Paul Frey, of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce; Theresa Shank, of HCC; Kathleen O'Connell, of the Washington County Free Library; and Douglas Weimer, of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.