Danville has been designated as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) by American College Testing (ACT). This nationally recognized certification helps growing businesses and site selection firms identify highly skilled populations and optimal areas for expansion.

“As a Certified Work Ready Community, Danville has demonstrated a sustained, city-wide commitment to workforce development,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “By emphasizing the skills employers need from day one, they have built a labor force that’s ready for the 21st century.”

More than 75 regional employers, educational institutions and workforce development organizations supported Danville’s efforts to achieve this important national certification. At the core of the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative is the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). This nationally recognized, portable credential includes three essential workplace skill categories: applied math, reading for information and locating information. The NCRC credential is administered by Danville Community College (DCC) with multiple agencies providing referrals.

“Today’s achievement by Danville City demonstrates to our existing companies, as well as prospective employers, that we have a trainable workforce with the foundational skills to compete,” said Dr. Julie Brown, program director, Dan River Region Collaborative (DRCC). “We have a significant number of localities in southern Virginia that are certified as Work Ready Communities with several more planning to launch their efforts. When we work together as a region, great things are possible.”