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Adams County and Concordia Parish become first multi-state ACT Certified WorkReady region
from Staff Reports - NEWS
May 8, 2017 -

NATCHEZ, Miss. & VIDALIA, La. — Press Release:

Local officials announced today the completion of the required goals to become the first ACT Certified Work Ready Region to cross state lines. This nationwide initiative by ACT will help improve the quality of our regional workforce. This program links, aligns and matches a community’s workforce development efforts among the employer, the future employee and education institutions. Counties and parishes can now identify skills gaps and quantify the skill level of the community’s workforce by using the results of the WorkKeys® assessment. Educators can build career pathways that are aligned to the needs of the community’s business and industry.

The certification for our region is based on individuals within the workforce (current, transitioning and emerging) earning a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), and the area employers recognizing the NCRC credential in their hiring processes. Since the launch of this program in our area in 2015, more than fifty employers in the Miss Lou region recognize the WorkKeys® Certificate for future applicants and current employees. Over 1,000 WorkKeys® assessments have been administered to a variety of potential employees including graduating seniors at area high schools.

The NCRC is a nationally recognized credential of essential workplace skills that enables individuals to document their readiness for a career. Natchez, Inc., Alcorn State University and Concordia Parish Economic Development officials join together with our elected officials, area citizens and industries to celebrate this momentous achievement.

Becoming an ACT Certified Work Ready Region allows Adams County and Concordia Parish to stand out and be recognized for its workforce development efforts. The initiative was launched in the Miss-Lou Region in September of 2015, thus beginning the process of getting employer buy-in and support as well as educating individuals on the value of obtaining the NCRC credential. The Miss Lou Work Ready team is pleased to now have employers supporting this effort in the Miss Lou Region, and proud of our workforce earning the NCRC.

For the business and industry of Adams County and the surrounding area, using the NCRC as a tool for hiring provides an economic advantage by minimizing the cost to hire and train employees due to excessive turnover. The practice will properly link the employee’s current skill level with the skills required for an employer’s job posting.

In addition to Natchez Inc., Alcorn State University and Concordia Economic Development, these organizations that played a vital role in this achievement: Adams County Board of Supervisors, Adams County Christian School, Cathedral School, City of Natchez, Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Central Louisiana Technical and Community College, City of Vidalia, Concordia Chamber of Commerce, Concordia Parish School District, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Delta Charter School, Delta Regional Authority, Louisiana Works, Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce, Natchez-Adams County School District, Natchez NOW, Trinity Episcopal School and WIN Job Center-Natchez.

About Natchez, Inc.
Natchez Inc. is Natchez, Vidalia and Adams County’s lead economic and community development agency. Our staff is engaged in providing services to small businesses, major and future employers and the workforce in the region. Our mission is to serve existing and new businesses and industries – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of area residents. For more information, visit the Natchez, Inc. website at

About Concordia Economic & Industrial Development
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