After a lengthy application process involving community, education, government and industry leaders, Barren County achieved its goal of being designated a Work Ready Community in Progress Thursday.
A committee made up of Industrial Development Economic Authority Director Dan Iacconi, Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Ernie Myers, Judge-Executive Davie Greer, Mayor Rhonda Trautman, Barren Superintendent Bo Matthews, Glasgow Superintendent Sean Howard …. and businessmen Bob Cary, Gary Hartell and Owen Lambert put together the application and design the plans needed to be accepted into the program.
The Work Ready Communities program was launched by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board in August 2011, and it lays out seven criteria by which to measure the preparedness of a county or region’s workforce. Included in the criteria are high school graduation rates; the number of National Career Readiness Certificate holders; community commitment, which includes economic development leaders, elected officials, educators and business and industry leaders; educational attainment; soft skills measurement; and availability of Internet.
A county must fulfill all the requirements to become a WRC, or it can develop a comprehensive plan for each area in which it is deficient, and it can be designated a Work Ready Community in Progress until it meets all the criteria.