Union Parish Launches ACT Work Ready Communities Certification

The Union Parish ACT Work Ready Community (ACT WRC) team publicly launched a new workforce initiative at the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on August 20th. The ACT WRC team, which consists of Union Parish School System, Union Parish Police Jury, Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP), Louisiana Delta Community College, Foster Farms and Workforce Development Board 83, announced that Union Parish will undergo the ACT WRC certification process. 

ACT WRC certification is part of a larger workforce development system, designed to assist a community, region or state in developing its workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers. The framework allows each participating community to quantify and improve the skill levels of its workforce through a standardized workforce skill credential—the ACT WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate™. 

At the same time, the community works with its employers to understand what foundational skills they need for a productive workforce. Employers can use the National Career Readiness Certificates to better screen and hire workers that fulfill their needs. Additionally, individual workers can better understand what skills are required by employers and how to prepare themselves for success.

The process kicked off June 5th  ̶  6th, when Union Parish leaders, along with Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, and Jackson Parish leaders, attended the ACT WRC Boot Camp in Ruston. Training for Union Parish participants was funded in part by Downsville Community Charter School, Union Parish School Board, D’Arbonne Woods Charter School, the Town of Farmerville, the Union Parish Police Jury, and the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce along with a $1,000 grant from NLEP. 

Following the public launch at the August 20th Union Parish Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, the WRC team will have two years to meet its certification goals.  During that time, the Union Parish WRC team will work toward their certification goals by building awareness, cooperation and commitment with local employers, policymakers, educators, students and existing workforce. 

Those goals include having 349 students, 136 transitional workers and 34 employed workers who have earned their ACT WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate™.  Additionally, Union Parish must register 17 businesses who either use or support the WRC system. 

For more information on this initiative, go to workreadycommunities.org. For more information on all of ACT’s workforce solutions, go to act.org/workforce.