PRESTONSBURG – The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) hosted a celebration and sharing of best practices on Tuesday, April 5 for 18 eastern Kentucky counties working together on Kentucky’s Work Ready Program.
Work Ready Community Program Director, Rick Jordan, praised the county and regional work of the leaders in their counties. He presented awards to county Work Ready representatives.
KVEC, through a grant funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, has provided technical assistance to the counties in their planning to achieve the Work Ready designation. The goal is to build a vibrant organization in each county to raise educational achievement, connecting education to job creation and community growth. A major focus has been to prepare the counties for the expansion of broadband to build a digital economy in the mountains.
Many states have Work Ready programs; however, Kentucky has the highest standards. The Work Ready certifications demonstrate to employers that the county has a quality, available, and skilled work force, and ready for their business.
“Just as important is the fact that if we achieve the criteria, we will have the workforce for our existing business to expand and the entrepreneurial spirit to create our own jobs,” said Ron Daley, strategic partner lead for KVEC.
Kathy King Allen, Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Floyd County Work Ready Community Co-chair stated that Floyd County was the first county in the southeast Kentucky region to become designated Work Ready Community in Progress. She added, “Our committee is dedicated to reaching this goal. This certification will demonstrate our county’s
commitment to education, workforce development and economic growth which will make Floyd County a more desirable place for businesses to locate and individuals to live.”
For more information about the efforts of the Work Ready Community committee, please contact Co-Chair Kathy King Allen at the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce office, 606-886-0364 or Co-Chair Trina Allen at the Kentucky Career Center, 606-889-1772.