Union County is one of seven counties that have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday.
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.
Henderson County became the fourth county to be certified in May 2012.
Thursday's announcement brings the total to 25 out of the state's 120 counties as achieving the certification from KWIB, while a few dozen others are recognized as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress, including Webster County. 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.
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