Halifax County has joined a prestigious group of nineteen counties in North Carolina designated as NCWorks Certified Work Ready Communities. The designation provides a foundation for local workforce development activities based on the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) and gives Halifax County an advantage when competing with other counties and states for economic development projects. It signals to existing businesses and those to come that workers have the foundational skills to make those businesses successful, which can help spur economic growth.
The NC Chamber of Commerce Foundation presented the official designation on October 18th to the Halifax County's NCWorks Certified Work Ready Community initiative steering committee, which includes the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce, Halifax Community College, Halifax County Economic Development Partnership, Halifax County Schools, Weldon City Schools, Roanoke Rapids Graded School District, Turning Point Workforce Development Board, and the NC Works Career Center.
Over 60 employers have signed on to support this initiative by agreeing to recognize, prefer or recommend the National Career Readiness Certificate in their hiring. In Halifax County, 1,886 individuals have received the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.