When a community or region earns Work Ready certification they can assure employers of the quality of their workforce. This recognition gives these areas decided advantages when competing to retain, grow, and attract jobs and talent as well as investment.

Based on objective, verifiable data, the certification process quantifies the capability of a significant portion of the area’s workforce and documents high school performance, as well as the continuing commitment to improve it.

Certified Work Ready communities meet these criteria:

  • 3% of the existing workforce must earn a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) credential;
  • 25% of the available workforce must earn a CRC; and
  • Either a minimum of 85% high school graduation rate or 82% of high school seniors earn a CRC.

Certification is good for one year only, so employers can count on the timeliness of the objective data at the heart of the program. Recertification requires an annual application process. This promotes a sustained commitment and effort at the local and regional level to maintain this valuable certification.

A county or region (a group of contiguous counties) may apply.

Application Process
Download and complete the Work Ready Community application worksheet and mail to:
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
ATTN: Certified Work Ready Communities/Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development
900 N. Portland Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73107

[DOWNLOAD] Work_Ready_Communities_Application

See Oklahoma’s Work Ready Communities

For assistance with this program contact Jeane Burruss at (405) 815-5256 or jeane_burruss@okcommerce.gov.