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St. Louis County earns work readiness certification

St. Louis County officials announced Wednesday the county has obtained certification as a “work ready” community by pushing thousands of area workers to earn a certification demonstrating proficiency in math, reading and graphic literacy.

St. Louis County spent more than two years pushing more of its labor force to earn the certification. Employers such as Boeing, Ameren and Sprint recognize the designation, St. Louis County says. ACT reports that 323 St. Louis County employers recognize the certificate.

The designation is administered by ACT Inc., the company known for administering college entrance exams. ACT designates a county as a Certified Work Ready Community when enough of its workers take a test to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate and enough employers agree to recognize the certificate.

“With this tool, businesses know that the skilled workers they need for a productive workforce are readily available in St. Louis County,” County Executive Steve Stenger said in a statement announcing the designation.

“Also, individuals who want to enter the workforce understand what skills are required by employers and how to prepare themselves for success.”

Economic development officials are using the designation to promote the area to site selectors.

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