Commonwealth Journal

News Live

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.
 

1
Text Only
News Live
  • Elaine Wilson.jpg Law targeted local board member

    A local official currently serving on multiple boards capable of levying taxes could find herself having to resign from one of those entities due to a recently-passed law in Frankfort.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • carrie dixon-wiese.jpg Local housing facility subject of $349,000 lawsuit

    A local housing facility is the subject of a lawsuit in U.S. Eastern District Court, with several major entities named as defendants — though the Somerset city attorney notes that’s actually more for their protection.
    The defendants listed included the City of Somerset, Somerset Independent Board of Education, and Pulaski County government, as well as the company Somerset East Mt. Vernon Associates, Ltd.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brenzel and LCRH sign cmyk.jpg Brenzel steps down as LCRH CEO

    Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) has announced that CEO Mark Brenzel has decided to step down from the top leadership position.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • recycling.ht.jpg Science Hill elementary students promote recycling

    For one group of Science Hill Independent students, taking out the trash isn’t something they avoid.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Last rescue adopted pic.jpg Last of dogs rescued from Nancy kennel is adopted

    The last of 27 dogs housed at a Louisville animal rescue center after they were taken from a western Pulaski County puppy mill in a January raid has found a permanent home.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mayor Girdler.jpg Bill puts freeze on occupational tax funds

    An addition to the late-passed Kentucky Transportation Cabinet budget contains an Easter egg of sorts that could have a substantial impact on Pulaski County — although Somerset’s mayor is downplaying it.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pulaski gets small share of road money

    Some $200 million worth of road-building projects in Pulaski County during the past decade likely is the reason this county got only a tiny share in the two-year road plan hammered out by the General Assembly during the session that adjourned late Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • LaDonna Hurd.jpg Local firefighter dies from injuries suffered in fall at skating rink

    The community’s move to rally around a local volunteer firefighter, nurse, and single mother injured while roller skating has taken on a more tragic note.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • LAKE-FISHING FOTO.JPG Rising lake levels are improving area fishing conditions

    The rising level of Lake Cumberland is covering banks that have been bare for seven years and increasing habitat for game fish such as bass, bluegill and crappie.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ebenstein, Jacob.jpg Local man receives 12 1/2 years in DUI death of teen

    An entire courtroom on Thursday was moved to tears by parents who spoke of the loss of their 19-year-old son during a sentencing for the man who pleaded guilty in his death.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

News Live
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks