Gov. Beshear awards Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification to Taylor County

     FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 15, 2013) – Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Taylor County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community in Progress.
     The Kentucky Work Ready Communities 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.
     “We are excited that Taylor County has achieved Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress status and we look forward to certifying many others in the future. Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress status is not an easy accomplishment. Taylor County leaders are to be commended for working together to achieve this goal,” said Crystal Gibson, chair of the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Review Panel and vice president of Public Affairs at Citigroup.
     “We are excited to be recognized as a Work Ready Community in Progress. This designation is a great tool to promote the quality of our local workforce and infrastructure,” said Taylor County Judge Executive Eddie Rodgers.
     “This certification provides proof that our workforce meets the demands of business and industry,” said Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young.
     Taylor 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.
     Kentucky was the third state to begin certifying counties as Work Ready Communities based on the quality of their labor force. 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.
     For more information about the Kentucky Work Ready Communities program, go to http://workready.ky.gov.


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