Mobile County Now an ACT Work Ready Community

The Business View – April 2017 / News You Can Use


Mobile County recently earned the ACT Work Ready Community designation, becoming the third county in Alabama to receive this nationally recognized certification.


As such, Mobile joins more than 150 counties nationwide to demonstrate that it has the certified workforce needed to fill jobs and support economic development. The designation also highlights the effective partnerships Mobile has in place between education, business and workforce development. “A prepared workforce is key to sustaining our vibrant economic development efforts,” said Mobile County Commission President Merceria Ludgood.


To become certified, Mobile County had to meet goals for the number of National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) earned by taking the ACT WorkKeys test, and the number of employers who recognize the NCRC. Employers can use the NCRC to screen job applicants and assess potential employees’ job skills. More than 120 local employers are listed on the national website, and more than 5,000 NCRC were earned in Mobile County alone.


“We are proud to become an official Work Ready Community, said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “This sends a message to our citizens, current employers and potential future employees that Mobile is dedicated to cultivating a skilled, ready workforce.”


This certification is a workforce development initiative of the region’s designation as a federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) community, led by the Mobile Area Chamber.


To learn more about how this designation can impact your business, contact Laura O’Connor at 251-431-8647 or


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