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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colleton County is Certified as Work Ready

Colleton County became the state’s third county to receive
the South Carolina Work Ready Community designation through
ACT. This means it has met all its workforce and education
goals that demonstrate to businesses its strong workforce and
commitment to economic growth.
“South Carolina’s world-class workforce is one of the main
reasons we’ve seen record economic activity in our state,” said
Gov. Nikki R. Haley. “We couldn’t be more excited about Colleton
County becoming a Certified Work Ready Community and
continuing South Carolina’s strong commitment to expanding
economic opportunity through the participation in this nationally
recognized initiative.”
A national effort, led by ACT, the initiative provides a
framework for states to strengthen economic development using
a community-based approach grounded in certifying counties
as work ready. To earn a Certified Work Ready Community
designation, counties have to reach goals in earning National
Career Readiness Certificates, meet or exceed the three-year
graduation rate average or improvement percentage, and
engage business support.
“Congratulations to Colleton County for earning the Work
Ready Community designation,” said Mike Johnson, President
of Cox Industries and Chairman of the South Carolina Workforce
Investment Board. “The significance behind the South Carolina
initiative is that it brings together community leaders with a
common goal of improving educational achievements and
the employability of its workforce. Colleton’s achievement in
becoming a Certified Work Ready Community reinforces the fact
that South Carolina is committed to having the best business
environment possible.”
“I am excited to celebrate Colleton County becoming a
Certified Work Ready Community. Earning this designation
takes great leadership, teamwork and commitment all in an
effort to help bolster the county’s workforce and economic
development standing,” said SC Department of Employment and
Workforce Executive Director Cheryl M. Stanton. “I continue to
be impressed with the state’s rural counties, and I look forward
to being a part of their many success stories to come.
Clarendon and McCormick counties previously received
Certified Work Ready Community designation. South Carolina
was one of four pilot states selected to participate in the ACT
Certified Work Ready Community program.
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