To date, 224,122 South Carolinians have earned National Career Readiness Certificates, ranking South Carolina 3rd in the country for attainment of Career Readiness Certificates behind Michigan and Georgia.
South Carolina is one of four pilot states selected to participate in ACT’s Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) program.The national effort provides a framework for states to increase economic development using a community-based approach grounded in certifying counties as work ready. To earn a CWRC designation, counties have to reach goals in earning National Career Readiness Certificates, meet or exceed the three-year graduation rate average or improvement percentage, and engage business support.Four South Carolina counties (Saluda, Clarendon, McCormick and Colleton) have received the CWRC designation. Many more have met 100 percent of the national requirements and are showing progress towards meeting state requirements, including Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Dorchester, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, Pickens, and Sumter.
Business support for the initiative in South Carolina continues to grow. A total of 1,581 businesses now recognize or recommend the SCWRC statewide, and authorized Job Profilers have completed 975 job profiles.