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National Career Readiness Certificate

Benefits for Employers


Using the NCRC as a Staffing Tool

  • Screening – Employers interview only applicants who have the skills required for the job.
  • Hiring and promotion – Employers use the NCRC as a plus factor to help make selection and promotion decisions.
  • Targeting employee training and development – Employers target their training budgets for job-specific skills rather than basic skills.

ACT has one of the largest, most robust occupational profiles databases available. More than 20,000 positions have been profiled by ACT-authorized job profilers. Extensive research has identified the essential skills and skill levels for each job. That information can be used in employee selection, hiring, and training. Employers can identify the skills needed for their employees to be successful on the job by accessing the occupational profiles database.

Using the NCRC for Economic Development

Establishing strategies that create jobs and raise wage rates is the primary mission of economic development. Information generated by adopting the National Career Readiness System helps states and regions fulfill this mission by:

  • Documenting workforce quality for relocating and expanding businesses
  • Providing local businesses with a better-trained workforce
  • Helping employers plan and address existing and future employment needs

By participating in the NCRC project and completing the WorkKeys Assessments, organizations can gather data identifying foundational skill levels. This skill level data can be used to target training efforts, improve high school graduation rates, educate individuals and businesses regarding the value of an NCRC, or address other specific local workforce issues. Utilizing the NCRC system not only identifies the skills necessary for a qualified workforce, but also provides a framework for maintaining or improving those skills.

The availability of skilled labor is a major factor in helping business executives and economic development consultants identify the best locations for expansion and relocation. Information generated by the National Career Readiness Certificate represents a unique source of objective data describing workforce skills. This makes it a powerful component in strategic planning and marketing activities at the local, regional or state levels.

Skill-based Hiring Webinar

In partnership with the South Dakota Retailers Association, a webinar on Skill-based Hiring with the National Career Readiness Certificate was held on Aug. 16, 2016. View the archived recording for an overview, sample WorkKeys questions, hiring advantages and testimonials.

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Employer Support

South Dakota employers who would like to join the effort in recognizing, recommending or preferring the NCRC as a way to ensure the hiring of a certified and skilled workforce should complete the Employer Letter of Endorsement available below.

     Employer Letter of Endorsement in Microsoft Word format

     Employer Letter of Endorsement in Adobe PDF format

South Dakota employers who would like to join the effort in recognizing, recommending or preferring the NCRC as a way to ensure the hiring of a certified and skilled workforce should complete the Employer Letter of Endorsement. (Download here in Microsoft Word or Adobe .pdf format*.)

South Dakota Employer Support

The South Dakota employers listed, by county, below are standing up for a skilled workforce by recognizing, recommending or preferring the NCRC.

Aurora County
Plankinton High School
White Lake School

Beadle County
Dakota Provisions
Wolsey-Wessington School District 2-6

Bennett County
Bennett County High School

Bon Homme County
Avon School District 4-1

Brookings County
Deubrook Area Schools
Elkton Public Schools
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Brown County
ATEC Academy, Aberdeen Central High School
Frederick Area School District
Molded Fiber Glass
Warner School District
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Brule County
Kimball School District

Butte County
K & K Kustoms
Ross Rentals, LLC
Scott Peterson Motors, Inc.

Campbell County
Herreid School District

Charles Mix County
Andes Central School District
Cahoy's General Store
Commercial State Bank
Family Dollar
Fred Haar Company, Division of C&B Operations
Ft. Randall Federal Credit Union
Inside Scoop
Meyerink Farm Service, Inc.
Midtowne Oil and Wash
Platte-Geddes School District
Purfectly Imperfect
Stacy's Xpressions
Wagner Building Supply

Clark County
Clark High School

Clay County
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Codington County
Codington County
ESCO Manufacturing

Corson County
McLaughlin Public School
Smee School District

Custer County
Custer High School

Davison County
Ethan School District 17-1
Firesteel Healthcare Community by Welcov
Mount Vernon School District
Twin City Fan

Day County
Waubay School District 18-3

Deuel County
Deuel School District
Tech Ord - a division of AMTEC Corporation

Dewey County
Timber Lake School District 20-3

Douglas County
Armour School District
Corsica-Stickney School District 21-3

Edmunds County
Ipswich School

Fall River County
Edgemont School District

Gregory County
Cahoy's General Store
South Central School District

Hamlin County
Castlewood School District

Hand County
Miller School District

Hanson County
Bridgewater-Emery School

Hughes County
American Legion Post 8
Anderson Clothing
Beck Motor Company
Capital Journal
City of Pierre
CommTech, Inc.
Country Carpet and Flooring
Designing Fire, Inc.
Farnam's Genuine Parts
Gateway Ford, Lincoln, and Toyota
Golden Living Center
Governor's Inn
Hire-A-Husband, Inc.
Jake's Good Times Place
KCCR/Riverfront Broadcasting, LLC
Korner Grocery
Midwest Construction, Inc.
Oahe, Inc.
Oahe Child Development Center
Oahe Pawn
Palmer Currier and Hoffert, LLP
Personal Group
Pierre Sports Center
River Cities Public Transit
South Dakota Discovery Center
South Dakota Pulse Processors, LLC
The Right Turn, Inc.
Wegner Auto

Hutchinson County
Freeman Public School
Menno Public School
Parkston School

Jones County
Jones County School District

Kingsbury County
De Smet Public School
Iroquois School District 02-3

Lake County
Oldham-Ramona School District
Rutland School
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Lawrence County
Lead Deadwood School District
Spearfish Forest Products

Lincoln County
Canton High School

Marshall County
Langford Area School

McCook County
McCook Central School District

McPherson County
Eureka School District
Leola School District

Meade County
Bar-Sto Precision Machine
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative
Dakota Arms
Enviro Shield Products, Inc.
Meade School District
Scott Peterson Motors, Inc.

Minnehaha County
Baltic School District
Dell Rapids School District
Tri-Valley School District
Wirleless World (Global Wireless)

Moody County
Colman-Egan School District

Pennington County
Douglas High School
Hill City School District
Rapid City Central High School
Wall School District

Perkins County
Bison School District 52-1
Lemmon High School

Sanborn County
Sanborn Central School District
Woonsocket High School

Spink County
Redfield Public Schools

Stanley County
Ray's Garage
Stanley County School District 57-1
Will Clark Electric

Sully County
Agar-Blunt-Onida School District

Tripp County
Colome Consolidated School

Turner County
Centerville School
Parker Ford
Parker School District

Union County
A-1 Quik Stop
Alcester-Hudson School District
Beresford School District
Bill Markve Associates
Casey's General Store
City of Elk Point
Elk-Point Jefferson School District
Kum and Go
Los Amigos Restaurant and Bar, LLC
Ollie's Drive Inn
The Pointe

Walworth County
Mobridge-Pollock School

Yankton County
Applied Engineering, Inc.
Gayville-Volin School District
Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.
Wireless World (Global Wireless)
Yankton High School

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