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March 18, 2013

Pulaski a ‘Work Ready Community’

Honor spotlights county labor force

Somerset —  

Pulaski County is committed to meeting needs of existing employers and potential employ-ers who may be considering this community as a possible location.
So says the county’s certification by Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet as a Work Ready Community in Progress.
Martin Shearer, executive director of Somerset-Pulaski County Development Foundation, said certification of the community as a Work Ready Community in Progress was granted in January and recognition of the status was March 7 at the development foundation office on U.S. 27. Pulaski County is one of 13 counties in Kentucky that are a Work Ready Community in Progress.
“Work Ready Community status means your community is a desirable place for employers and potential employers,” said Terri Bradshaw, communications director for the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. 
“Certification as a Work Ready Community shows your community is a cut above other communities in developing a skilled labor force,” Bradshaw added.
Six factors make up a community’s qualifications for work-ready status: 
•High school graduation rate
• National Careers Readiness Certificate
•Community commitment
•Educational attainment
•Soft skills development
• Digital literacy
Pulaski County’s Work Ready Community In Progress status was achieved with detailed plans to become a Work Ready Community. As of February 21 only six communities in the state have reached Work Ready Community status.
“We’re working with 34 more communities that are making application,” Bradshaw said.
Pulaski County has three years to show the Kentucky Work Ready Community Steering Committee it is meeting minimum criteria to be certified as a Work Ready Community, Work Ready Community status lasts for two years, at which time a community must recertify.
In addition to Shearer, the following people served on the local committee that completed the application for Pulaski County’s certification as a Work Ready Community in Progress:
Tiffany Bourne, community development director for Pulaski County government; Nick Bradley, ABC administrator for Somerset; Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock; Supt. Steve Butcher, Pulaski County School District; Bob Carter, Somerset Career Center; Bobby Clue, executive director, Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce; Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler; Teresa Hail, D.C. Trimble Inc.; and Beth Hargis, Pulaski County Area Technology School.  
Also, Shirley Henderson, Pulaski Adult Education; Tony Honeycutt, Somerset Community College; Alesa Johnson, Somerset Community College; Greg Jones, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation;  Robert Kennedy, Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems; Darryl McGaha, Lake Cumberland Area Development District; Boyd Randolph, Somerset Independent Schools; Sherry Super, Pulaski County School System; and Shirlene Taylor, Lake Cumberland ADD Cumberlands Workforce.
 

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