Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 16, 2012

Barren County certified by state workforce agency

By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY AND SUSAN TEBBEN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Barren County saw a goal come to fruition Thursday that will benefit the county through industry and economics.

The county was certified a Work Ready Community in Progress by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) after a lengthy application process involving community, education, government and industry leaders.

The Work Ready Communities program was launched by the KWIB in August 2011, and it lays out seven criteria measuring 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, according to a release by the KWIB.  

“Current employers and future potential prospects want to know about our workforce,” said Dan Iacconi, director of the joint city-county Industrial Development Economic Authority (IDEA). “Being certified answers many of their questions and indicates that our community is serious about meeting workforce needs.”

The application process started at a meeting in August, where the criteria were laid out for the members of the committee.

For the full story, read the Nov. 17 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.