ESACC plays role for work readiness in Clay County.
Stakeholders from Clay County accepted Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) recognition from Governor Jay Nixon. Clay County, on Tuesday, August 2nd, became the largest county in Missouri, and one of the largest in the country to earn CWRC designation. Govenor Nixon made the announcement to over 100 leaders of business and education who gathered at iWerx in North Kansas City. Developed by the testing organization ACT, CWRC creates a common language for employers and employees in order to improve competitiveness and also to close the skills gap. Excelsior Springs Area Career Center seniors take the Work Keys assessment each year while attending the Career Center. The Work Keys assessment is rigorous and measures students’ basic employability skills. Students earning the credential become prospective employees with a portable, industry-recognized credential that clearly identifies their skills while employees gain a trusted method for hiring applicants. Excelsior Springs Area Career Center has been working closely with the Clay County Economic Council to earn the CWRC designation. Students earning the Work Keys credential, combined with Clay County earning CWRC, will provide more opportunities for students from the seven school districts that attend Excelsior Springs Area Career Center.