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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Franklin County Launches their ACT Work Ready Community Initiative

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 July 19, 2021

Franklin County Launches their ACT® Work Ready Community Initiative

Ottawa, KS - Franklin County announced today, they have engaged in the process to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community. This practice demonstrates their commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, desirable to employers, economic developers and current and future citizens of the county.

The ACT® Work Ready Communities (ACT® WRC) initiative empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth by identifying skills gaps and quantifying the skill level of their workforce. Participants leverage the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®) to measure and close skills gaps and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.

To begin the Work Ready Communities process, Franklin County leaders attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp, an executive leadership and training program designed and led by ACT to initiate, deploy, and drive carefully tailored efforts to improve the county’s work readiness. Leaders meet with local employers, policymakers, educators and economic developers to reach established goals and build a sustainable WRC model to fit community needs.

“This is an important part of our overall approach to building a quality workforce here in Franklin County. Workforce development is critical to the success of our business and industry.” – Paul Bean, Executive Director, FCDC.

“Congratulations to Franklin County for joining this initiative, and a growing list of counties dedicated to building a robust workforce,” said ACT Regional Manager, Cheri Tune. “The determination of Franklin County’s leadership to engage in this process demonstrates active partnerships between all stakeholders in the community and will provide the county with an economic development advantage, helping them stand out nationally for their workforce development efforts.”

For more information on this initiative, go to and view all of ACT’s workforce solutions at   

About ACT
ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as a leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career. Visit to learn more.

About Franklin County
Franklin County is a county located in the eastern portion of the state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 25,992. Its county seat and most populous city is Ottawa. The county is predominantly rural.


Press Contact
Paul Bean
Executive Director
Franklin County Development Council

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