kwib 300FRANKFORT, KY (2/17/12) – Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Daviess, Warren and Woodford counties have been certified as Kentucky’s first-ever Work Ready Communities, and Russell County has achieved Work Ready Community in Progress status.
 
The new certification program from the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (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.
 
“Congratulations to these counties for becoming the first Work Ready Communities in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “This designation shows employers that these counties have completed rigorous requirements and are a cut above other communities nationally when it comes to a skilled labor force. I encourage all Kentucky communities to strive for the Work Ready Community designation.”
 
Kentucky is the third state to begin certifying counties as Work Ready Communities based on the quality of their labor force. To become certified, communities 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 rate, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, demonstrated community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development and digital literacy.
 
“Daviess, Warren and Woodford counties are role models for other communities that want to demonstrate a commitment to reaching education, workforce and economic development goals that make their communities a desirable place for businesses,” said Joseph U. Meyer, secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
 
“We are excited to designate Daviess, Warren and Woodford counties as Work Ready Communities and Russell County as Work Ready in Progress. We look forward to certifying many others at both levels in the future. This designation gives communities an economic advantage when companies are looking for a place to locate and it shows established Kentucky businesses that they will continue to have a strong pipeline of skilled workers in the future,” said Crystal Gibson, chair of the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Review Panel and vice president of Communications and Public Affairs at Citigroup.
 
Russell County was designated as a Work Ready Community in Progress because it is close to meeting the criteria to be certified. 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 were reviewed by a panel appointed by the KWIB. The panel recommended certification by the board for the counties that met the criteria. The panel will meet three times a year to review applications, which can be submitted at any time.
 
For more information about the Work Ready Communities program, go to http://kwib.ky.gov/workreadycommunity.htm.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Kim Brannock

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Mustangs sweep doubleheader from Graves County

GREENVILLE, Ky. (3/29/15) - The Muhlenberg County baseball team returned to the win column on Saturday. Muhlenberg… Read More

Kentucky Job Corps Graduation – Honoring Job Corps 50th Anniversary

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (3/30/15) — On Thursday, March 26, 2015 the Kentucky Job Corps Consortium in conjunction with… Read More

Most Read This Week

March 27, 2015 5808

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 25, 2015 5384

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 5152

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 5090

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 4263

UPDATE: One Injured in Hopkinsville Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 25, 2015 4070

Madisonville Man's Living Room Leap Lands Him in…

by Madisonville Police Department / Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

March 09, 2015 13735

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

by KSP DESI
March 02, 2015 11602

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 29, 2015 962

Huge Turnout Joins to Support Shanice Bean Family

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 29, 2015 883

Should Inactivity be Classified as a Disease?

by Mallory Powell
March 29, 2015 717

Covenant Community Church Hosts Annual…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 29, 2015 656

North American Stainless to Make $150 Million…

by Office of the Governor
March 30, 2015 645

Two Charged in Bremen Meth Bust

by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
March 29, 2015 621

Market Commentary - March 29, 2015

by Randall L. Franklin
March 29, 2015 597

Gov. Beshear, Federal Officials to Announce New…

by Office of Governor
March 29, 2015 547

Legislator's Log - Week of March 29, 2015

by Brent Yonts
March 29, 2015 534

UK Experts to Discuss Cancer Care on KET

by Allison Perry
March 29, 2015 528

Dave Says - March 29, 2015

by Dave Ramsey