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Free summit to focus on Work Ready Communities

Summit is April 29

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 1, 2015) — The Kentucky Work Ready Communities Best Practices Summit is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 29 at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Central Office in Versailles Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen will be the keynote speaker.

readyThe free summit is designed to help communities that want to improve their economic development potential by working toward Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification. The certification 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. The deadline for advanced registration is April 24.

To be designated a Kentucky Work Ready Community, business, education, economic and elected leaders must collaborate and apply for the certification. 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.

If a community is close to certification and is committed to reaching the criteria in three years, it may be designated as a Work Ready Community in Progress.

The summit is geared toward Kentucky Work Ready Communities committee members, elected officials, economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, human resource managers, business owners, school officials, business and industry associations, community college representatives, P-16 councils, adult education directors and Kentucky’s Local Workforce Investment Boards.