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Perry County certified Kentucky Work Ready Community in Progress

Means local workforce has talent to staff existing jobs and master new technologies

HAZARD, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — Gov. Steve Beshear recently announced that Perry County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community in Progress.

The Kentucky Work Ready Community 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.

workreadyOne of the criteria for Work Ready Community in Progress addresses soft skills. Buckhorn High School is implementing the plan this academic year, addressing development of soft skills.

Through the WIN program, guest speaker presentations, and related activities, high school seniors will learn about career/academic planning, team work skills, resume writing, job application skills (dress, work ethic, communication skills).

Perry County was designated as a Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress because it is close to meeting the criteria to be certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community. 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.

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 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 four times a year to review applications, which can be submitted at any time.