To persons interested in helping your county obtain the Work Ready Community designation.
A Kentucky Work Ready Community certification is a measure of a county’s workforce quality. It is an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed to providing the highly-skilled workforce required in today’s competitive global economy. Through this effort, Kentucky communities can assess their own workforce strengths and follow a process to become certified as Work Ready or Work Ready in Progress.
The Kentucky Work Ready Community program has the ability to transform a community. It encourages counties to take a credible inventory of the current and future workforce, identify the gaps and carry out strategies to achieve a more knowledgeable, trained workforce.
I have attached the updated Work Ready Community map showing the status of counties in Kentucky.
Brooklyn Leep, the Workforce Development Project Manager in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, has agreed to come to our region for training/information session on the Kentucky Work Ready Community (WRC) program. As you are aware, there are significant changes in the criteria to obtain the WRC designations. Brooklyn will help us move along with the process.
Please contact me if you wish to be involved.
Here is a very helpful interactive link showing where counties are in relation to the criteria: http://kystats.ky.gov/Reports/TableauReport?url=https%3A%2F%2Fkcewsreports.ky.gov%2Ft%2FKCEWS%2Fviews%2FWorkReadyCommunities_0%2FOverview%3FiframeSizedToWindow%3Dtrue%26%3Aembed%3Dy%26%3AshowAppBanner%3Dfalse%26%3Adisplay_count%3Dno%26%3AshowVizHome%3Dno
Here is the link to the Kentucky Work Ready Community (WRC) program http://thinkkentucky.com/WorkReady/.
A vibrant work ready group in each county is more helpful than just achieving this important status to attract jobs. These groups will work to tie education to community and economic development, thus, improving the quality of life in your community. The groups provide an opportunity for leadership in your county so be sure to involve your youth. Thanks. Ron