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Harvard’s Ash Center recognizes Work Hard – Work Smart as Bright Idea
The Work Hard – Work Smart Initiative has been recognized as one of 111 Bright Idea innovative government initiatives by the Harvard University Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Work Hard – Work Smart is a collaboration consisting of Vernon College, Workforce Solutions North Texas, City of Wichita Falls, Wichita County, KAUZ News Channel 6, Wichita Falls ISD, Burkburnett ISD, Iowa Park CISD, City View ISD, Electra ISD, Vernon ISD and other North Texas ISDs. The focus of this program is to promote the ACT WorkKey’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) as a tool to match skilled workers to local jobs assisting with regional business retention and attraction.
“This program allows the Wichita Falls region to compete directly with large growing communities in Texas and across the nation. We currently have more than 1,400 National Career Readiness Certificates with a goal to secure another 650 NCRC by May 2013. When a large business expansion project knocks on the Chamber’s door, we specifically articulate the level of NCRC for each open position they are considering moving to the Wichita Falls area. No other tool allows us to show the link between skills and open employer positions,” said Michael Paris, Vice President for Workforce Development. “Our formula is being recognized as an economic development innovator for connecting necessary skills to current and prospective jobs. That’s impressive coming from an institution such as Harvard.”
Work Hard – Work Smart will be providing space at the Chamber’s Business Expo on Thursday, September 27, 2012 for employee-employer interviews. The following employers are currently looking for National Career Readiness Certificate holders: 12:30 – 1:00 PM, MyStaf; 1:00 – 1:30 PM, Home Depot; 1:30 to 2:00 PM, D&S Community Services; 2:00 – 2:30 PM, Dillards and Lowes; 2:30 – 3:00 PM, City of Wichita Falls; 3:00 – 3:30 PM, Spherion Staffing and 3:30 – 4:00 PM, Cameron Industries.
Work Hard – Work Smart is part of the Wichita Falls Chamber’s strategic effort to stimulate the regional economy, make our local employers more successful, and attract businesses to Wichita Falls.
Anyone wanting to receive their National Career Readiness Certificate to display your skills set to future employers can do so by contacting the Work Hard-Work Smart office today at 940-766-5601 or workhardworksmart.net.
Work Hard-Work Smart is dedicated to helping Wichita County and North Texas become the first work-ready region in Texas. For more information, call (940)-766-5601 or visit www.workhardworksmart.net.