Woodford recertified as a Work Ready Community
On Feb. 19, Gov. Matt Bevin announced that Woodford County was recertified as a Work Ready Community. "I am excited to announce that we now have 68 counties that have achieved certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and there are several others in progress," Bevin said. "Everything we aspire to economically is contingent on our communities having a skilled workforce that is ready and able to fulfill the needs of employers. Earning the Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification gives counties a competitive edge when businesses are looking for a new location or want to expand in Kentucky. I encourage all communities in the commonwealth to pursue the Work Ready designation." The Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification program from 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. To become certified, a county must gather local support, commitment, and apply for the Work Ready Community designation. Counties have to meet criteria in six areas including high school graduation rates, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, demonstrate community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development and digital literacy. The Woodford County Chamber of Commerce, with help from individuals and community organizations, has worked in the last few months to complete this recertification process.