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National Career Readiness Certificate

Benefits for Employers



The NCRC reliably measures core employability skills to ensure you hire only the most qualified, trainable candidates. Don’t consider it a way to screen applicants out, but more importantly, the NCRC helps you find the right fit based on the scores earned on the varying assessments.

Training and Promotion

You will decrease training time and costs by hiring people who have verified their skills and have the foundational basis for training .You will then be able to target your training budget for job-specific skill training, rather than basic foundational employability skills. You can also use the possession of the NCRC as a “preferred” factor to help make promotion decisions.


The NCRC will help in reducing employee turnover by ensuring employees have the basic skills necessary to be effective on the job and make a good match the first time. It takes a certain level of motivation to complete the NCRC which can be an insight into the applicant’s seriousness and commitment of staying on the job.

Recognizing the NCRC

The NCRC is a versatile tool you can recognize in your hiring practices. The following are ways you might utilize this credential:

  • Recognize the certificate when presented by an applicant
  • Recognize certificate possession as a motivation or soft skills indicator
  • Accept the certificate in lieu of a high school diploma or GED® credential
  • Match verified skills with necessary job skills to ensure the right fit
  • Prefer the certificate on one or more job postings
  • Use the certificate in promotion decisions

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 NCRC Recognition Form (Adobe PDF format). By completing, signing and submitting the signed Recognition Form, you will grant us permission to use your name in public awareness efforts to promote the National Career Readiness Certificate. For example, your business or agency will be added to the list below of South Dakota employers supporting the NCRC.

South Dakota Employers Already Supporting the NCRC

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

Aurora County
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Plankinton High School
White Lake School

Beadle County
AA Motorsports LLC
Advance Auto Parts
Advanced Sunflower LLC
Beadle County Humane Society
Best Western of Huron
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
Curt's Heating and Cooling Inc.
Dakota Provisions
Dapro LLC
DJ's Travel Center
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Huron Area Center for Independence
Huron Event Center
Huron Regional Medical Center
Huron Super 8
M-O Federal Credit Union
People's Transit
Rainbow Flower Shop
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
South Dakota State Fair
Sunbird Inc.
SunQuest Healthcare Center
The New Plains
Wapiti Medical Staffing
Wilbrecht Ledco Inc.
Wolsey-Wessington School District 2-6
WW Tire

Bennett County
Bennett County High School
Horizon Health Care Inc.

Bon Homme County
Avon School District 4-1
Bon Homme School District
Family Dollar
Landmann Jungman Memorial Hospital
Scotland School District

Brookings County
Brookings Engraving
Brookings Radio
Counterpart Inc.
Cubby's Sports Bar & Grill
Deubrook Area Schools
Elkton Public Schools
Hampton Inn & Suites – Brookings
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Job Place
Larson Manufacturing
Quality Tool
Ramsdell F&M LTD
Second Glance Salon
Sioux Valley High School
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Subway – Brookings
Super 8 Motel - Brookings
Twin City Fan
United Living Community
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Brown County
Aberdeen Area Humane Society
Advance Auto Parts
Animal Care Clinic
ATEC Academy, Aberdeen Central High School
Brown County
Burdette Electric
Burdette Security
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
Court Street Lighting
Economy Meat Market
Frederick Area School District
Groton Area School District
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Kessler's Inc.
Midstates Inc.
Molded Fiber Glass
Overhead Door of Brown County
Profiling Beauty
Reunion Student Loan Finance Corporation
Revive Day Spa
Sanford Health
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Twin City Fan Companies, LTD
Village Bowl
Warner School District
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Brule County
First Dakota National Bank
Kimball School District
Overweg Repair LLC
Sanford Health

Buffalo County
Horizon Health Care Inc.

Butte County
Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce
Belle Fourche Development Corporation
Belle Fourche Family Chiropractic, Prof. LLC
Belle Fourche High School
Bunney's Body & Collision Repair
City of Belle Fourche
Hersruds of Belle Fourche
K & K Kustoms
Pipeline Plastics
Ring Container Technologies
Ross Rentals LLC
Scott Peterson Motors Inc.
Stephanie Lee Agency
Tri State Construction LLC
Welcov - Belle Fourche Healthcare

Campbell County
DairiConcepts L.P.
Herreid School District

Charles Mix County
Andes Central School District
Apparel Worx
Blue Room
Boom's Drive-In Inc.
Buche Foods
Cahoy's General Store
Charles Mix County
City of Wagner
Commercial State Bank
Family Dollar
First Dakota National Bank
Fred Haar Company, Division of C&B Operations
Ft. Randall Federal Credit Union
Geddes Grocery Center
Inside Scoop
Meyerink Farm Service Inc.
Midtowne Oil and Wash
Pizza Ranch (Platte)
Platte Healthcare Center
Platte-Geddes School District
Purfectly Imperfect
Ry's Automotive Service LLC
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Stacy's Xpressions
Sugarbeat & Co Woodwork LLP
The Cake Lady
Wagner Building Supply
Wagner Chamber of Commerce
Wagner Community School
Yankton Sioux Tribe

Clark County
Clark High School
First Dakota National Bank
Thompson Mechanical Inc.
Willow Lake School District

Clay County
Brunick Service Inc.
City of Vermillion
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
DQ Grill & Chill - Vermillion
First Dakota National Bank
HeartPrint Home Care
Irene-Wakonda School
Karen Kaeberle
Red Roof Inn
Sanford Health
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Sunset Manor
Vermillion Public Library
Wakonda Heritage Manor
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Codington County
Angel's Attic
Benchmark Foam
City of Watertown
Codington-Clark Electric Co-op Inc.
Codington County
Commodity Services
Connecting Point
County Fair Foods
Dairy Queen
Dakota Bodies LLC
Enercept Inc.
ESCO Manufacturing
Florence Public Schools
Green Roby Oviatt LLP
HomeTown Building Center
Ledgers Inc.
Overhead Door
Persona Inc.
Prairie Stop
Roadhouse Cafe
Roadhouse 81
Sioux Valley Cooperative
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
The UPS Store
Thompson Mechanical Inc
Tower Systems Inc.
Twin City Die Castings Co.
Watertown Municipal Utilities
Waverly School District
Worthington Industries
Wurth Electronics Midcom

Corson County
Horizon Health Care Inc.
McIntosh School District
McLaughlin Public School
Smee School District

Custer County
Addiction Recovery Centers of the Black Hills
Custer High School

Davison County
Carquest Auto Parts – Mitchell
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
Ethan School District 17-1
Fanny Horner's
Firesteel Healthcare Community by Welcov
First Dakota National Bank
Graphic Packaging Inc.
James Valley Nursery
Mitchell School District
Mount Vernon School District
Patzer Woodworking Inc.
Performance Pet
Shorty's Locker
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Tailored to You
Thune's Hardware
Tobin Transfer Inc.
Trail King Industries
Twin City Fan

Day County
A & S Hardware Hank
Anderson Industries
Creative Home Furnishings
Dakota Foundry
Dale's Service
Gallery Hotel, Bar and Grill, The
Mereen Johnson LLC
Northside Implement
Sanford Health
Sioux Valley Coop Cenex
Sioux Valley Cooperative
Waubay School District 18-3

Deuel County
Deuel School District
Sanford Health
Tech Ord - a division of AMTEC Corporation
Thompson Mechanical Inc.

Dewey County
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Timber Lake School District 20-3

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

Edmunds County
Bowdle Schools
Ipswich School
Global Harvest Foods

Fall River County
Addiction Recovery Centers of the Black Hills
Edgemont School District

Faulk County
Faulkton Area Schools

Grant County
Valley Queen Cheese Factory Inc.
Wapiti Medical Staffing

Gregory County
Burke School District
Cahoy's General Store
Gregory School District
South Central School District

Hamlin County
Castlewood School District
Hamlin School District
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Thompson Mechanical Inc.

Hand County
Good Samaritan Society
Hand County Memorial Hospital
Hand County Sheriff's Office
Miller School District

Hanson County
Bridgewater-Emery School
Hanson School District

Harding County
Harding County School District

Hughes County
Advance Auto Parts
Allied P & H Inc.
American Legion Post 8
Anderson Clothing
Ashley Unclaimed Freight Furniture
Association of SD County Weed & Pest Boards
Beck Motor Company
Big Tom's Diner
Bounce Around LLC
BPro Inc.
Capital Journal
City of Pierre
CommTech Inc.
Country Carpet and Flooring
Dairy Queen
Designing Fire Inc.
EnviroTech Waste Services
Farnam's Genuine Parts
First Dakota National Bank
Gateway Ford, Lincoln, and Toyota
Governor's Inn
Graham Tire Company
Highmore-Harrold School District
Hire-A-Husband Inc.
Inman's Water Technology
Jake's Good Times Place
KCCR/Riverfront Broadcasting LLC
Korner Grocery
Leisure Palace Pool and Spa
Midwest Construction Inc.
M&R Signs & Billboards Inc.
Oahe Inc.
Oahe Child Development Center
Oahe Pawn
Palmer Currier and Hoffert LLP
Peitz Service Experts
Personal Group
Petersen Motors
Pierre Care and Rehabilitation Center
Pierre Economic Development Corporation
Pierre Sports Center
Pro Earth Animal Health
Pure Bliss Bakery and Café
River Cities Public Transit
Snappy Delivery Inc.
South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
South Dakota Discovery Center
South Dakota Pulse Processors LLC
The Right Turn Inc.
Unclaimed Freight Furniture (Pierre)
Wegner Auto

Hutchinson County
Dimock Dairy Inc.
Freeman Public School
Menno-Olivet Care Center
Menno Public School
Parkston School
Total Stop Food Stores – Menno

Hyde County
Highmore-Harrold School District

Jerauld County
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Jack Link's
Weskota Manor Avera

Jones County
Jones County School District

Kingsbury County
American Engineered Products
Arlington Inn
Arlington School District
De Smet Public School
Iroquois School District 02-3
Lake Preston Public School
Sheyenne Dakota Inc.
UltiMed Inc.

Lake County
Asphalt Pros Inc.
Barger Electric
Bethel Lutheran Home
Chester Area School
City of Madison
Dakota Ethanol LLC
Dan & Jerry's Greenhouse
Domestic Violence Network Inc.
Falcon Plastics Inc.
G.A. Murdock Inc.
Global Polymer Industries Inc.
Goth Electric
Helena Chemical Company
Heritage Senior Living
Hyland Machining
Lake County
Madison High School
Madison Regional Health System
Mustang Seeds Inc.
Oldham-Ramona School District
Pawn Shop
Persona Inc.
Prostrollo Auto Plaza
Prostrollo Motor Company
Rutland School
Rural Water Systems Inc., Association of
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Stemper Auto Body
United Methodist Church
Valiant Living
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Lawrence County
Black Hills Central Reservations
Black Hills Lawn Care LLC
Black Hills Pure
Black Hills Urethane Company LLC
City Brew Coffee
City of Deadwood
City of Lead
Dakota V-Twin
Deadwood-Lead Economic Development
Diamond Building Products LLC
Financial Markets Inc.
Great Western Tire
Lead Area Chamber of Commerce
Lead-Deadwood School District
Master's Auto Detailing
Minitman Food & Fuel
Northern Hills Training Center
Pizza Ranch – Spearfish
Prairie Harvest
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Seaton Publishing
Sierra Design Signs
South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems Inc.
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce
Spearfish City
Spearfish Economic Development Corporation
Spearfish Electric & Heating
Spearfish Emergency Ambulance Service
Spearfish Forest Products
Spearfish School District 40-2
Sweet Treats Inc. - Cherry Berry
Welcov Healthcare - Dorsett Healthcare
Williams Properties

Lincoln County
Canton High School
First Dakota National Bank
Harvard Integrations
Lennox School District
NorthWestern Energy
Showplace Wood Products
Sanford Health
Tea Area School District 41-5

Lyman County
Lyman School District

Marshall County
Britton-Hecla School District
Horton Inc.
Langford Area School

McCook County
Canistota School District
First Dakota National Bank
McCook Central School District
Montrose School

McPherson County
Eureka School District
Leola School District

Meade County
Advance Health
Bar-Sto Precision Machine
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative
City of Sturgis
Dakota Arms
Enviro Shield Products Inc.
Hersruds of Sturgis
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Meade School District
Scott Peterson Motors Inc.
Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce
Sturgis Economic Development Corp
Welcov - Aspen Grove

Mellette County
Horizon Health Care Inc.
White River High School

Miner County
Clarke Machine Inc.
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Howard High School
PBM Graphics

Minnehaha County
Amesbury Truth
Association of SD County Weed & Pest Boards
Baltic School District
Central States Manufacturing
Dell Rapids School District
EmBe Avera
First Dakota National Bank
G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.
Howe Inc.
Hy-Vee #4
IMKO Workforce Solutions
LG Everist Inc.
Midwestern Mechanical Inc.
Overhead Door
Persona Inc.
Sanford Health
Smithfield Foods
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Tea Area School District 41-5
Total Fire Protection
Tri-Valley School District
Twin City Fan
Wells Fargo
West Central School District 49-7
West Rock
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Moody County
City of Colman
Colman-Egan School District
First Flandreau Insurance
Flandreau Public Schools
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
Loiseau Construction Inc.
Powers Oil Co.
Ramsdell F&M LTD.
T&R Electric Supply Co. Inc.

Pennington County
Addiction Recovery Centers of the Black Hills
Alexander Drilling Inc.
America's Mailbox
At Home
ASI (Advanced Services Inc.)
Automated Maintenance Systems, Inc.
Diamond Building Products LLC
Ditech, a Walter Company
Douglas High School
Financial Markets Inc.
Hill City School District
Lind Exco Inc.
Lowe's Home Improvement Center Inc.
Mainline Contracting
Midwestern Mechanical Inc.
New Underwood School District
Rapid City Central High School
Rushmore Photo & Gifts
Servall Uniform and Linen
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Sweet Treats Inc - Cherry Berry
Wall School District
WL Plastics

Perkins County
Bison School District 52-1
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Lemmon High School

Potter County
Gettysburg School
Hoven School District

Roberts County
Coteau des Prairie's Health Care
Roberts County
Roberts County Highway Department
Roberts County Sheriff's Office
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Summit School District
Tekakwitha Living Center
Wilmot Public Schools
Woodland Cabinetry

Sanborn County
Horizon Health Care Inc.
People's Transit
Sanborn Central School District
Sanborn County Sheriff's Office
Woonsocket High School

Spink County
Advanced Sunflower LLC.
Doland School District
Leo's Good Food
Mellette Travel Plaza
Redfield Public Schools
Shopko (Redfield)

Stanley County
Anderson Contractor's Inc.
Bak Construction
Catlin's Car Clinic Inc.
Dakota Prairie Bank
Marshall Lawn Irrigation Inc.
Ray's Garage
Stanley County School District 57-1
Will Clark Electric

Sully County
Agar-Blunt-Onida School District

Todd County
Horizon Health Care Inc.

Tripp County
Colome Consolidated School
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Winner High School

Turner County
Centerville School
HeartPrint Home Care
Irene-Wakonda 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
City of North Sioux City
Elk-Point Jefferson School District
First Dakota National Bank
HeartPrint Home Care
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Kum and Go
Los Amigos Restaurant and Bar LLC
Ollie's Drive Inn
Rabbitt Family Vision
Red's All Natural
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Sundheim Well Repair
The Pointe
Union County Sheriff's Office

Walworth County
Mobridge-Pollock School
Wrangler Inn

Yankton County
Applied Engineering Inc.
Camino Grill & Bar
City of Yankton
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
Countryside Bed & Biscuits
Days Inn
Econo Lodge
First Dakota National Bank
Gayville-Volin School District
Horizon Health Care Inc.
Irene-Wakonda School
Jimmy Johns
JJ Benji Screen Print & Embroidery
Kolberg-Pioneer Inc.
Larry's Heating & Cooling Inc.
Lewis & Clark Hydraulic Co.
Papa Murphy's
Psychological Associates
Rock Bottom
Royal Sports
Slumberland Furniture
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
The Center
The Freeman Company
TMA – Yankton
Triple Time Rudy's
Truck Trailer Sales
Veterinary Medical Clinic
Willa B's Bistro & Emporium
Wireless World (Global Wireless)
Yankton High School

Ziebach County
Dupree School

Minnesota - La Qui Parle County
Sioux Valley Cooperative

Minnesota - Wright County
Dan & Jerry's Greenhouse

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