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National Career Readiness Certificate

Benefits for Employers



The NCRC reliably measures core employability skills to ensure you hire only the most qualified, trainable candidates. Don’t consider it a way to screen applicants out, but more importantly, the NCRC helps you find the right fit based on the scores earned on the varying assessments.

Training and Promotion

You will decrease training time and costs by hiring people who have verified their skills and have the foundational basis for training .You will then be able to target your training budget for job-specific skill training, rather than basic foundational employability skills. You can also use the possession of the NCRC as a “preferred” factor to help make promotion decisions.


The NCRC will help in reducing employee turnover by ensuring employees have the basic skills necessary to be effective on the job and make a good match the first time. It takes a certain level of motivation to complete the NCRC which can be an insight into the applicant’s seriousness and commitment of staying on the job.

Recognizing the NCRC

The NCRC is a versatile tool you can recognize in your hiring practices. The following are ways you might utilize this credential:

  • Recognize the certificate when presented by an applicant
  • Recognize certificate possession as a motivation or soft skills indicator
  • Accept the certificate in lieu of a high school diploma or GED® credential
  • Match verified skills with necessary job skills to ensure the right fit
  • Prefer the certificate on one or more job postings
  • Use the certificate in promotion decisions

ACT has one of the largest, most robust occupational profiles databases available. More than 20,000 positions have been profiled by ACT-authorized job profilers. Extensive research has identified the essential skills and skill levels for each job. That information can be used in employee selection, hiring, and training. Employers can identify the skills needed for their employees to be successful on the job by accessing the occupational profiles database.

Using the NCRC for Economic Development

Establishing strategies that create jobs and raise wage rates is the primary mission of economic development. Information generated by adopting the National Career Readiness System helps states and regions fulfill this mission by:

  • Documenting workforce quality for relocating and expanding businesses
  • Providing local businesses with a better-trained workforce
  • Helping employers plan and address existing and future employment needs

By participating in the NCRC project and completing the WorkKeys Assessments, organizations can gather data identifying foundational skill levels. This skill level data can be used to target training efforts, improve high school graduation rates, educate individuals and businesses regarding the value of an NCRC, or address other specific local workforce issues. Utilizing the NCRC system not only identifies the skills necessary for a qualified workforce, but also provides a framework for maintaining or improving those skills.

The availability of skilled labor is a major factor in helping business executives and economic development consultants identify the best locations for expansion and relocation. Information generated by the National Career Readiness Certificate represents a unique source of objective data describing workforce skills. This makes it a powerful component in strategic planning and marketing activities at the local, regional or state levels.

Skill-based Hiring Webinar

In partnership with the South Dakota Retailers Association, a webinar on Skill-based Hiring with the National Career Readiness Certificate was held on Aug. 16, 2016. View the archived recording for an overview, sample WorkKeys questions, hiring advantages and testimonials.

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Employer Support

South Dakota employers who would like to join the effort in recognizing, recommending or preferring the NCRC as a way to ensure the hiring of a certified and skilled workforce should complete the NCRC Recognition Form (Adobe PDF format). By completing, signing and submitting the signed Recognition Form, you will grant us permission to use your name in public awareness efforts to promote the National Career Readiness Certificate. For example, your business or agency will be added to the list below of South Dakota employers supporting the NCRC.

South Dakota Employers Already Supporting the NCRC

The South Dakota employers listed, by county, below are standing up for a skilled workforce by recognizing, recommending or preferring the NCRC.

Aurora County
Plankinton High School
White Lake School

Beadle County
Advanced Sunflower LLC
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
Curt's Heating and Cooling, Inc.
Dakota Provisions
Huron Area Center for Independence
Huron Event Center
Huron Regional Medical Center
People's Transit
Rainbow Flower Shop
SunQuest Healthcare Center
Wapiti Medical Staffing
Wilbrecht Ledco, Inc.
Wolsey-Wessington School District 2-6

Bennett County
Bennett County High School

Bon Homme County
Avon School District 4-1
Bon Homme School District

Brookings County
Brookings Engraving
Brookings Radio
Deubrook Area Schools
Elkton Public Schools
Job Place
Second Glance Salon
Sioux Valley High School
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Brown County
Advance Auto Parts
Animal Care Clinic
ATEC Academy, Aberdeen Central High School
Brown County
Burdette Electric
Burdette Security
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
Court Street Lighting
Frederick Area School District
Groton Area School District
Kessler's Inc.
Midstates, Inc.
Molded Fiber Glass
Profiling Beauty
Revive Day Spa
Sanford Health
Twin City Fan Companies, LTD
Village Bowl
Warner School District
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Brule County
First Dakota National Bank
Kimball School District
Sanford Health

Butte County
Belle Fourche High School
K & K Kustoms
Ring Container Technologies
Ross Rentals, LLC
Scott Peterson Motors, Inc.
Stephanie Lee Agency
Tri State Construction, LLC

Campbell County
Herreid School District

Charles Mix County
Andes Central School District
Apparel Worx
Blue Room
Boom's Drive-In Inc.
Buche Foods
Cahoy's General Store
Charles Mix County
City of Wagner
Commercial State Bank
Family Dollar
First Dakota National Bank
Fred Haar Company, Division of C&B Operations
Ft. Randall Federal Credit Union
Geddes Grocery Center
Inside Scoop
Meyerink Farm Service, Inc.
Midtowne Oil and Wash
Pizza Ranch (Platte)
Platte Healthcare Center
Platte-Geddes School District
Purfectly Imperfect
Ry's Automotive Service LLC
Stacy's Xpressions
Sugarbeat & Co Woodwork LLP
The Cake Lady
Wagner Building Supply
Wagner Chamber of Commerce
Wagner Community School
Yankton Sioux Tribe

Clark County
Clark High School
First Dakota National Bank

Clay County
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
First Dakota National Bank
Sanford Health
Sunset Manor
Wakonda Heritage Manor
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Codington County
Angel's Attic
Benchmark Foam
City of Watertown
Codington County
Dairy Queen
Enercept Inc.
ESCO Manufacturing
Ledgers, Inc.
Persona, Inc.
The UPS Store
Twin City Die Castings Co.
Watertown Municipal Utilities
Worthington Industries
Wurth Electronics Midcom

Corson County
McLaughlin Public School
Smee School District

Custer County
Custer High School

Davison County
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
Ethan School District 17-1
Firesteel Healthcare Community by Welcov
First Dakota National Bank
Graphic Packaging Inc.
Mount Vernon School District
Trail King Industries
Twin City Fan

Day County
Anderson Industries
Creative Home Furnishings
Dale's Service
Sanford Health
Sioux Valley Coop Cenex
Waubay School District 18-3

Deuel County
Deuel School District
Sanford Health
Tech Ord - a division of AMTEC Corporation

Dewey County
Timber Lake School District 20-3

Douglas County
Armour School District
Corsica-Stickney School District 21-3

Edmunds County
Ipswich School

Fall River County
Edgemont School District

Grant County
Valley Queen Cheese Factory Inc.
Wapiti Medical Staffing

Gregory County
Burke School District
Cahoy's General Store
Gregory School District
South Central School District

Hamlin County
Castlewood School District
Hamlin School District

Hand County
Good Samaritan Society
Hand County Memorial Hospital
Hand County Sheriff's Office
Miller School District

Hanson County
Bridgewater-Emery School
Hanson School District

Harding County
Harding County School District

Hughes County
Advance Auto Parts
Allied P & H Inc.
American Legion Post 8
Anderson Clothing
Ashley Unclaimed Freight Furniture
Beck Motor Company
Big Tom's Diner
Bounce Around LLC
BPro Inc.
Capital Journal
City of Pierre
CommTech, Inc.
Country Carpet and Flooring
Dairy Queen
Designing Fire, Inc.
EnviroTech Waste Services
Farnam's Genuine Parts
First Dakota National Bank
Gateway Ford, Lincoln, and Toyota
Governor's Inn
Graham Tire Company
Hire-A-Husband, Inc.
Jake's Good Times Place
KCCR/Riverfront Broadcasting LLC
Korner Grocery
Leisure Palace Pool and Spa
Midwest Construction Inc.
M&R Signs & Billboards Inc.
Oahe, Inc.
Oahe Child Development Center
Oahe Pawn
Palmer Currier and Hoffert LLP
Peitz Service Experts
Personal Group
Pierre Care and Rehabilitation Center
Pierre Economic Development Corporation
Pierre Sports Center
Pro Earth Animal Health
River Cities Public Transit
Snappy Delivery Inc.
South Dakota Discovery Center
South Dakota Pulse Processors LLC
The Right Turn Inc.
Wegner Auto

Hutchinson County
Dimock Dairy Inc.
Freeman Public School
Menno Public School
Parkston School

Jerauld County
Jack Link's
Weskota Manor Avera

Jones County
Jones County School District

Kingsbury County
Arlington School District
De Smet Public School
Iroquois School District 02-3

Lake County
Chester Area School
Domestic Violence Network Inc.
Helena Chemical Company
Heritage Senior Living
Lake County
Madison High School
Madison Regional Health System
Oldham-Ramona School District
Persona, Inc.
Rutland School
South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems Inc.
Valiant Living
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Lawrence County
Black Hills Pure
Lead Deadwood School District
Northern Hills Training Center
Prairie Harvest
Seaton Publishing
South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems Inc.
Spearfish Electric & Heating
Spearfish Forest Products
Spearfish School District 40-2
Sweet Treats Inc. - Cherry Berry
Welcov Healthcare - Dorsett Healthcare

Lincoln County
Canton High School
First Dakota National Bank
Harvard Integrations
NorthWestern Energy
Showplace Wood Products
Sanford Health

Marshall County
Langford Area School

McCook County
Canistota School District
First Dakota National Bank
McCook Central School District
Montrose School

McPherson County
Eureka School District
Leola School District

Meade County
Bar-Sto Precision Machine
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative
Dakota Arms
Enviro Shield Products, Inc.
Meade School District
Scott Peterson Motors, Inc.

Miner County
Clarke Machine Inc.

Minnehaha County
Baltic School District
Central States Manufacturing
Dell Rapids School District
EmBe Avera
First Dakota National Bank
G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.
IMKO Workforce Solutions
Sanford Health
Tri-Valley School District
Wells Fargo
West Rock
Wireless World (Global Wireless)

Moody County
Colman-Egan School District
Flandreau Public Schools
T&R Electric Supply Co. Inc.

Pennington County
Alexander Drilling Inc.
At Home
ASI (Advanced Services, Inc.)
Ditech, a Walter Company
Douglas High School
Hill City School District
Lind Exco, Inc.
Lowe's Home Improvement Center Inc.
Rapid City Central High School
Sweet Treats Inc - Cherry Berry
Wall School District

Potter County
Gettysburg School

Perkins County
Bison School District 52-1
Lemmon High School

Roberts County
Wilmot Public Schools
Woodland Cabinetry

Sanborn County
People's Transit
Sanborn Central School District
Sanborn County Sheriff's Office
Woonsocket High School

Spink County
Advanced Sunflower LLC.
Doland School District
Redfield Public Schools

Stanley County
Anderson Contractor's Inc.
Bak Construction
Catlin's Car Clinic, Inc.
Ray's Garage
Stanley County School District 57-1
Will Clark Electric

Sully County
Agar-Blunt-Onida School District

Tripp County
Colome Consolidated School
Winner High School

Turner County
Centerville School
Parker Ford
Parker School District

Union County
A-1 Quik Stop
Alcester-Hudson School District
Beresford School District
Bill Markve Associates
Casey's General Store
City of Elk Point
City of North Sioux City
Elk-Point Jefferson School District
First Dakota National Bank
Kum and Go
Los Amigos Restaurant and Bar, LLC
Ollie's Drive Inn
Rabbitt Family Vision
The Pointe

Walworth County
Mobridge-Pollock School

Yankton County
Applied Engineering, Inc.
Camino Grill & Bar
City of Yankton
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
Countryside Bed & Biscuits
Days Inn
Econo Lodge
First Dakota National Bank
Gayville-Volin School District
Jimmy Johns
JJ Benji Screen Print & Embroidery
Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.
Larry's Heating & Cooling Inc.
Lewis & Clark Hydraulic Co.
Rock Bottom
Royal Sports
Slumberland Furniture
The Center
Veterinary Medical Clinic
Wireless World (Global Wireless)
Yankton High School

Dakota County (Nebraska)
Red's All Natural

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