Missouri's CWRC numbers continue to grow!

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Missouri surpasses 50,000 NCRC awards  

In 2012, Missouri was selected as one of the first states to participate in the Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative by American College Testing (ACT). States participating in CWRC leverage the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to measure and close the skills gap, while also building common frameworks that link, align, and match the workforce development efforts within communities.

Missouri recently reached a milestone within the CWRC initiative when it reached 50,000 NCRC certificates awarded, a number that includes more than 5,300 awarded to Veterans. The Show-Me State also has more than 1,900 statewide employers supporting the CWRC initiative.


Currently, Missouri has 43 counties actively participating in Certified Work Ready Communities. In 2013, the state became home to the nation’s first fully-certified county - Jasper County. Since then, six additional Missouri counties – Butler, Franklin, Henry, Jefferson, Ripley and St. Francois – have also achieved fully-certified status. 

If you would like to learn more about the CWRC initiative in Missouri, please visit ded.mo.gov/getcertified, or watch the video below.