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It’s official: Anderson County is Work Ready

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Officials celebrate, unveil sign to commemorate event

By Brittany Fuller

A Work Ready Community sign unveiling took place last Wednesday at the Anderson County Board of Education.

Earlier this year, Anderson County was named one of only a few Kentucky Work Ready Communities, when it became one of only 34 other counties throughout the state to hold this certificate. Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said that the Work Ready plan will prepare students better than before as Anderson County provides opportunities for additional soft-skill course work and certificates.

“Our goal is to prepare our student’s, and be college and career ready,” said Mitchell. “Ready for a competitive future.”

The Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification program works to assure employers that the local workforce in the county is equipped with the talent and skills necessary to full fill job requirements. This also assures that those entering the work force are able to master the technology that new jobs will require.

During the certification process, a county is required to gather local support and commitment from those within the community. Criteria that is required to be meet includes areas such as high school graduation rate, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, demonstrated community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development, and digital literacy.

“We are proud to have partnered with local leaders to help accomplish the community Work Ready status,” said Mitchell. “We realize the importance of soft-skills and graduating students ready to join the work force.”

Executive Director for the Lawrenceburg-Anderson Economic Development Authority George Leamon said Anderson County receiving the Work Ready certificate was not the result of one individual or organization but many. Leamon also said it was a collaboration of education providers, different businesses and industries, local government, and business and civic organizations throughout Anderson County.

“The plan is a living document, and requires us to be accountable for what we said we would do,” said Leamon. “We will continue to meet to evaluate our progress and plan for re-certification in two years. A skilled workforce is crucial for our efforts to recruit and maintain jobs in Anderson County.”

For more information on the Kentucky Work Ready Communities program, go to http://workready.ky.gov.