Boyd and Greenup counties now Work Ready

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ASHLAND, Ky. — The Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, along with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet, certified Boyd and Greenup counties as Work Ready Communities today.

workready_101315Work Ready certification is a measure of the county workforce quality and an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed and able to provide a highly skilled workforce required in today’s competitive global economy.

Boyd and Greenup Counties have completed a year long process of aligning the needs of their business and industry, along with what education and workforce development are providing.

From Argillite Elementary to Summit Elementary, students are learning “Leader in Me” while high school seniors are earning “Work Ready Seal” status, showing they are ready for jobs after graduation. Local Work Ready groups have benchmarked skills and graduation rates and have provided positive pathways forward for growth and development in the economy.

“Talent is the cornerstone of any successful community. Our Work Ready groups have built the connections, awareness, and pathway forward for our regional economy,” said Tim Gibbs, president/CEO of Ashland Alliance. “Business and Industry are looking for locations where they can be successful and highly productive. This certification helps make the case that Boyd and Greenup County can meet that need for a highly skilled workforce.”

“The Ashland Alliance is proud to lead the way in the certification of Boyd and Greenup Counties. Investing in our talent base has been one of the guiding principles of the Alliance and will create opportunities for marketing and growth in our region,” said Kevin Halter, CEO of Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and chairman of Ashland Alliance.

Boyd County

Judge Executive Steve Towler: “As a former educator and now County Judge Executive, I see on a daily basis how a highly skilled workforce is a must for economic development. Boyd County earning its Work Ready Certification is a positive step toward building a strong economy.”

Mayor Chuck Charles, City of Ashland: “Developing the talent base of the city of Ashland positions us for positive economic growth. Our Work Ready certification brought us better understanding of the needs of our employers and how to meet those needs with our partners in education and workforce development.”

Greenup County

Judge/Executive Robert W. Carpenter: “Economic development and jobs are important to Greenup County. Working with our Work Ready group over the past year has shown us there is nothing better for business and industry then having a good productive workforce. This certification will help or existing businesses and help recruit new ones as well.”

Superintendent Sherry Horsley Greenup County Schools: “Work Ready builds on the foundation of preparing our students for life after graduation. It has also better aligned our school system with our local business and industry and expanded our student’s awareness of career opportunities in the region.”