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verizongrantthanksThe NCWorks Certified Work Ready Communities initiative, built on the foundation of the NCEast Alliance’s program, is a collaborative effort between workforce development partners including the Office of the Governor, the North Carolina Chamber Foundation, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Community College System Office and the North Carolina Department of Commerce aimed at leveraging data and analysis tools to continue economic growth in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Chamber Foundation serves as the final certifying body to designate a NC Works Certified Work Ready Community.

Is my county certified?

Community Benefits

By participating in the NCWorks Certified Work Ready Communities initiative, counties, regions and states are helping:

    • Business and industry know exactly which foundational skills they need for a productive workforce – and to easily communicate their needs
    • Individuals understand which skills are required by employers – and how to prepare themselves for success
    • Policy makers consistently measure the skills gap in a timely manner at the national, state and local levels
    • Educators close the skills gap, via tools integrated into career pathways with stackable industry-recognized credentials
    • Economic developers use an on-demand reporting tool to market the quality of their workforce

How to Get Involved

The counties listed here have launched their application process to become an NCWorks Certified Work Ready Community. Many of them still need your help to reach their goals! Contact your county’s team lead for more information or contact Meaghan Lewis at mlewis@ncchamber.net if you have questions about this process.

Employers, click here to sign on to this initiative in your community.

Interested in launching an application for your county? Click here.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and counties that meet goals for certification will be approved by the NC Chamber Foundation Board. The Board meets three times a year in March, August and December.