ACT, Inc., a nonprofit testing and research organization, convened this week its first National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board.
The Board, comprised of education and workforce leaders, will help guide the Certified Work Ready Communities Initiative, a framework that helps communities align education and workforce development with industry demand.
The Board will also focus on building partnerships in which:
- Business and industry communicate the skills that employees need
- Students and workers know the skills they are expected to have
- The â€œskills gapâ€ will be measurable at national, state, and local levels
Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who will serve as chairman of the Board, stated that â€œThe facts facing us today are clear â€“ the U.S. has a significant and pressing need to improve workplace skills to meet current and future job demands. We see this initiative as a way to move past restating the obvious problem and move toward implementing proven solutions for Americaâ€™s workforce.â€
For more information, visit ACTâ€™s Certified Work Ready Communities Initiative website.
Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst