In 2016, McLennan Community College partnered with the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses to develop a local work readiness certificate that helps job seekers develop the skills that local employers expect. Through surveys and interviews of local employers, MCC and CORD developed a curriculum that targets the most needed entry-level skills (such as dependability, honesty, and communication) for success in Waco-area jobs. The curriculum is designed to be taught in a variety of settings, including in MCC’s Adult Education programs, high schools, and job training programs. Participants earn a certificate by demonstrating that they possess the necessary skills—not by simply sitting in a desk. This certificate, endorsed by MCC, helps open the door to employment for community members new to the workforce and those seeking to establish a stable work history.