Boyd, Carlisle, Greenup, Marshall, McCracken, Union and Washington counties are the latest counties to be certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Caldwell, Fulton, Green and Harrison counties have reached the Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress level.
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.
In making the announcement, Gov. Steve Beshear encouraged all Kentucky communities to strive for the Kentucky Work Ready Communities designation.
“This administration is committed to maintaining our state’s competitiveness, and if Kentucky is to compete for 21st Century jobs and attract business and industry, we must continue to show employers locations that have completed rigorous requirements and are a cut above other communities nationally when it comes to developing a skilled labor force,”
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.