Local group attends ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp 

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

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Representatives from Hagerstown Community College and several other Washington County organizations recently attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Bootcamp in Little Rock, Ark.

The local effort started after an informational meeting hosted by HCC President Jim Klauber in September. In that session, Klauber shared his experiences of success with ACT Work Ready Communities. The national program focuses on partnerships and collaboration involving colleges, employers and the community to promote student success, advance a qualified workforce and contribute to a stronger local economy.

“I was extremely pleased that so many members of our community quickly saw the value of working toward this designation,” Klauber said in a news release. “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.”

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 an employer and employee.

Participants at the boot camp learned about ways to use 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 contact Theresa Shank, HCC’s dean of continuing education and workforce development, at tmshank@hagerstowncc.edu or 240-500-2476.