An important step took place Monday in the county-wide initiative, spearheaded by Hagerstown Community College, to earn a work-ready community designation.
The first five businesses signed on to show support for the program, which would bring the county an ACT Work Ready Community designation.
President of HCC, Dr. James Klauber, first introduced the idea to the area following success he had previously with the program in other communities.
According to a release from HCC, the designation is given once 85 area businesses sign-on to support the program, which follows an assessment to help employers identify employees whose skill levels match their individual needs.
The assessment itself works much like the ACT assessments which high school students take. Rather than measuring academics, the ACT WorkKeys assessment focuses on three areas — Applied math, workplace documents and graphic literacy.
To date, Amcor Flexibles, High Rock Studios, Hub Labels, Jamison Door and Manpower have signed on in recognition of using the ACT WorkKeys assessment.