The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development today announced two new Certified Work Ready Communities; a designation communicating a county has the skilled workforce needed to meet business demands and drive economic growth, as well as the educational foundation to build a pipeline of workers to create ongoing success.
“We would like to congratulate Appling and Spalding counties on reaching their goals and becoming Certified Work Ready,” said Executive Director Tricia Pridemore. “I am encouraged to see communities working together to strengthen their labor force and raise their graduation rates.”
Appling and Spalding counties completed their Work Ready Certificate goals and successfully met at least the required minimum increase in their county’s public high school graduation rate.
The new Certified Work Ready Communities achieved the following:
Appling: 638 Work Ready Certificates earned (217% of goal); increased public high school graduation rate by 13%
Spalding: 2185 Work Ready certificates earned (205% of goal); increased public high school graduation rate by 19%
To continue their work, each county will receive a $7,000 grant. Their Work Ready Community teams will also receive a two-year membership to their local chamber of commerce. Counties that are certified receive road signs and a seal denoting the year they achieved certification.