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Gov. Bevin announces 3 newest KY Work Ready Communities
Letcher, Lewis and Wayne, join Boone, Boyd, Boyle, Campbell, Carlisle, Clark, Daviess, Fleming, Greenup, Hardin, Henderson, Hopkins, Kenton, Madison, Marshall, McCracken, Mercer, Nelson, Oldham, Pulaski, Rowan, Shelby, Union, Warren, Washington and Woodford have been designated as Kentucky Work Ready Communities since certification began in February 2012.
(Adair awaits only official recognition; the county, according to reliable Adair/Russell sources, has now fulfilled all requirements - CM)
By Kim S. Brannock
from Kentucky Communications Center
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2016) - Governor Matt Bevin today announced that Mercer County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community, and Letcher, Lewis and Wayne counties have reached the Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress level.
"I am excited to announce that we now have 68 counties that have achieved certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and there are several others in progress," Governor Bevin said. "Everything we aspire to economically is contingent on our communities having a skilled workforce that is ready and able to fulfill the needs of employers. Earning the Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification gives counties a competitive edge when businesses are looking for a new location or want to expand in Kentucky. I encourage all communities in the Commonwealth to pursue the Work Ready designation."
The Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification program from KWIB and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.
To become certified, a county must gather local support and commitment and apply for the Work Ready Community designation. Counties have to meet criteria in six areas including high school graduation rates, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, demonstrated community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development and digital literacy.
The counties of Boone, Boyd, Boyle, Campbell, Carlisle, Clark, Daviess, Fleming, Greenup, Hardin, Henderson, Hopkins, Kenton, Madison, Marshall, McCracken, Mercer, Nelson, Oldham, Pulaski, Rowan, Shelby, Union, Warren, Washington and Woodford have been designated as Kentucky Work Ready Communities since certification began in February 2012.
Counties that achieve Kentucky Work Ready status must be recertified every two years. The KWIB approved Daviess, Henderson, Oldham, Warren and Woodford counties for recertification at its meeting today.
"The Kentucky Work Ready Communities program momentum is growing as more communities learn about the certification and how it can help them achieve a higher level of competitiveness among business and industry," said Hugh Haydon, chair of KWIB. "In addition to the 68 counties that have achieved certification as Work Ready or Work Ready in Progress, another 29 have submitted letter of intent."
"We are excited to designate Letcher, Lewis and Wayne counties as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress, and we look forward to certifying many others in the future," said Kurt Krug, chair of the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Review Panel and vice president, North American, Human Resources for INOAC in Springfield.
Currently, 42 counties have been designated as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress because they are close to meeting the Kentucky Work Ready Community criteria. To achieve this level, a county must present a viable plan to meet all of the criteria within three years. The designation shows that a community is making strides and working with its business, education, workforce and economic development leaders to set and meet common goals that will give the county an economic edge.
Applications for the certification are reviewed by a panel appointed by the KWIB. The panel recommends certification by the board for the counties that satisfy the criteria. The panel meets four times a year to review applications, which can be submitted at any time.
For more information about the Kentucky Work Ready Communities program, go to workready.ky.gov.
This story was posted on 2016-02-21 09:15:50
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