February 18, 2012 Share

Russell County Certified as “Kentucky Work Ready Community In Progress”

Russell County has been certified by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board as a “Kentucky Work Ready Community In Progress”.  In making the announcement on Thursday….Governor Steve Beshear said “Russell County is one of the first Kentucky counties to be certified in the Work Ready Communities program and that this certification assures employers the local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master innovative technologies that new jobs will require.”

Russell County Schools Superintendent Kenny Pickett and Rodney Johnson, Director of Russell County’s Adult Education program, attended an awards ceremony in Frankfort where Russell County and only three other counties in the state was recognized.

Russell County had to meet several criteria to become eligible for this designation including “creating and implementing plans to meet or exceed” the established criteria for high school graduation rates, the number of National Career Readiness Certificate holders, community commitment, Soft Skills Development and internet availability.

As a result of being certified as a “Kentucky Work Ready Community In Progress”….Russell County now has a competitive advantage with employers, site selection consultants and economic developers.

Being one of only four counties in Kentucky to receive this designation will go a long way in promoting Russell County to new businesses and industry according to Adult Education Director Johnson.

Kentucky is the third state to begin certifying counties as “Work Ready Communities.”  Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Joseph Meyer says “Russell County is a role model for other communities that want to demonstrate a commitment to reaching education, workforce and economic development goals to make their communities a desirable place for businesses to locate.”