Gov. Beshear awards Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification to Union County
FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 19, 2015) – Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Union County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community. The Kentucky Work Ready Community certification program from the Kentucky Workforce Innovation 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.
“We are excited to designate Union County as a Kentucky Work Ready Community, 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 of North American human resources for INOAC.
“This verifies that we are moving in the right direction to develop a skilled workforce that is ready to meet the demands of today’s ever-changing job market. This designation is another feather that we can put in our cap and allows us to differentiate ourselves from other communities, in the economic development world. A lot of people have worked hard for this designation -too many to name- but it’s something that we should all be proud of. Along with Henderson and Daviess counties we form one of the few three contiguous county work ready regions in the state of Kentucky.”
–Garrick Thompson, Community Development Director
To become certified, communities must gather local support and commitment and apply for the Kentucky Work Ready Communities 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.
Applications for the certification are reviewed by a panel appointed by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board. The panel recommends certification by the board for the counties that meet 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 http://workready.ky.gov.