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Dade, Catoosa Honored By State For Work Ready
Governor Perdue Announes New Certified Work Ready Community Commitments, Grants
Contact: Don Foley
Date: September 14, 2009
ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue today announced 30 additional Georgia counties have committed to become Certified Work Ready Communities. Dade County is among those receiving the honor.
“Georgia’s communities are boosting their economic development credentials and helping their citizens improve their core job skills,” said Governor Perdue. “Becoming a Certified Work Ready Community is proof that a county is serious about developing a capable work force and helps position Georgia for growth and innovation.”
The state’s newest counties to begin working toward Work Ready certification include: Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Burke, Calhoun, Chatham, Clay, Clayton, Coffee, Columbia, Dade, Echols, Fulton, Glascock, Glynn, Gordon, Hancock, Haralson, Heard, Irwin, Lanier, McIntosh, Newton, Quitman, Richmond, Spalding, Taliaferro, Washington, Whitfield and Wilcox counties.
To be designated a Certified Work Ready Community, counties must encourage current workers and the available workforce to earn Work Ready Certificates, demonstrate a commitment to improving public high school graduation rates and build community commitment for meeting these goals. Each community must create a team of economic development, government and education partners to create programs to meet the certification criteria.
Counties located within a Work Ready Region have been awarded $12,000 to accelerate their efforts while providing essential support to the region. These include: Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Burke, Calhoun, Clay, Coffee, Dade, Gordon, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Pickens, Randolph, Terrell and Wilcox counties. A Work Ready Region signifies multiple counties working together to develop regional talent pools aligned to an existing strategic industry.
Those not within a Work Ready Region have been awarded $35,000 to create momentum toward reaching their goals. This group includes: Dawson, Glynn, McIntosh, Taliaferro and Whitfield counties.
Catoosa County was among six counties named Certified Work Ready Communities of Excellence last week. These counties represent the sixth group to complete their Work Ready Certificate goals and have successfully met at least the required minimum increase in their county’s public high school graduation rate.
Catoosa, as a Certified Work Ready Community has achieved 860 Work Ready Certificates earned (25 percent above goal); increased high school graduation rate from 70.9 percent to 76.2 percent.
To earn the Certified Work Ready Community designation, counties must demonstrate a commitment to improving public high school graduation rates through a measurable increase, and show a specified percentage of the available and current workforce have obtained Work Ready Certificates.
Each community created a team of economic development, government and education partners to meet the certification criteria. Counties are given three years to reach the goals necessary to earn the designation.
Georgia’s Work Ready initiative is based upon a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses. By identifying both the needs of business and the available skills of Georgia’s workforce, the state can more effectively generate the right talent for the right jobs. For more information on the Work Ready initiative please visit the Web site at www.gaworkready.org