Brief Intro:

ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that is widely recognized throughout the country.
The credential demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employ-ability skills.

The Washington Work Ready initiative offers a suite of assessments that measures an individuals foundational workplace skills such as applied mathematics, reading comprehension and critical thinking-skills required for a majority of today’s jobs.

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Project Detail

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) measures critical applied skill levels in Mathematics, Reading, and Locating Information (interpreting graphs, charts, spreadsheets). This benefits individuals and communities:
1) Provides career seekers and workers with EVIDENCE of their critical thinking skills.

2) Predicts success in a work environment, giving employers a tool for selection.

3) Equips educators with a powerful view of a student’s foundational skills on which to build new skills & knowledge.

4) Delivers real-time data to Economic and Workforce Development leaders, with an interactive dashboard to drill-down to workforce-readiness status statewide, regionally, and compared to other states and regions.

Over 3.5 million certificates have been awarded as of November, 2016.

Contact Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director, for more information 425-388-9987.


Work Ready Washington is coordinated by a consortium of leaders in a variety of private sector, non-profit and educational organizations focused on workforce and economic development. Regional contacts can be reached at their individual locations listed below.

Mary Kaye Bredeson
Executive Director
Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing

Mark Mattke
Chief Executive Officer
Spokane Area Workforce Development Council

Dawn Karber
Chief Operations Officer
Spokane Area Workforce Development Council

Other members

Amy Persell
Triple R Solutions

Hahli Clark
Director or Corporate Partnerships & Training
Lower Columbia College

Betty Klattenhoff
Director, Career & College Readiness
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Lynell Amundson
Workforce & Continuing Education
Lower Columbia College