certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community. The 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 necessmy to staff existing jobs and to master the itmovative teclmologies new jobs will require.
"We are excited that Pulaski County has achieved Kentucky Work Ready Communities status and we look forward to certifYing many others in the future. Work Ready status is not an easy accomplislunent. Pulaski County leaders are to be commended for working together to achieve this goal," said Roxann Fry, chair of the Kentucky Work Ready Conununities Review Panel and senior consultant for the Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development.
"We are very proud of our community in achieving Work Ready Conununity status," said Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler. "It took a great deal of work from all of the partners to realize this milestone. The achievement will be of tremendous help in attracting new jobs to our area as well as helping existing business development."
"It is a great day to live in Pulaski County," said Judge Executive Barty Bullock. "Achieving the Work Ready status will be a huge instrument we can use to recruit new businesses and something we can all be proud of. A big thank you to the committee and everyone involved."
To become certified, communities must gather local support and conunitment and apply for the Kentucky Work Ready Conununities designation. Counties have to meet criteria in six areas including high school graduation rate, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, demonstrated community commitment, educational attainment, softskills 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.