County Meets Program Criteria

Grant County leaders announced that the county has met all of the criteria to become an ACT Work Ready Certified community.

The designation demonstrates the county’s commitment to developing a strong, desirable labor pool for current and future county employers, economic developers and citizens, according to a news release.

The ACT Work Ready Communities initiative gives states, regions and counties data, processes and tools that drive economic growth by identifying skills gaps and quantifying the skill level of their workforce work. Participants are leveraging the National Career Readiness Certificate to measure and address skills gaps and create common frameworks that connect, align and match their workforce development efforts, according to the release.

“This is great news for our county and for the future of economic development in this area,” Grant County Judge Randy Pruitt said. “We know that one of the main reasons an employer may choose to locate or expand their business is the availability of a skilled, quality workforce. Achieving ACT Work Ready Community Status is a clear indicator to employers that we have a ready and willing workforce to meet their needs.”

To begin the certification process, Grant County leaders participated in the ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp, a leadership and executive development program designed and run by ACT to initiate, deploy, and drive efforts to improve preparation for county work. Leaders met with local employers, policy makers, educators and economic developers to set goals and build a sustainable WRC model to meet community needs.

“Congratulations to Grant County on becoming an ACT Work Ready community and joining a growing list of counties dedicated to building a strong workforce,” said Tony Garife, regional director of workforce initiatives. work of ACTBra. “County leaders’ efforts to achieve WRC certification will provide the community with a huge economic development advantage and help them stand out for their workforce development efforts.”

Getting certified was one of the goals of Kick Start Sheridan, a group formed in 2018 to conduct community assessments, engagement, and strategic planning.

“This achievement required a collaborative effort from a number of groups and individuals,” said Brad McGinley, president of Kick Start Sheridan. “It’s a great promotional tool for our community and clearly demonstrates that Sheridan and Grant County are ready to compete for more and better paying jobs.”

Sheridan School District Superintendent Karla Neathery applauded the accomplishments.

“We know that economic development and education are closely linked,” Neathery said. “That’s why the Sheridan School District is proud to have played a role in helping Grant County achieve ACT Work Ready Community status.”

“The skills our students learn in Work Ready and JAG classes, as well as internships and other courses, help prepare them to be outstanding contributors to a workforce. When these students demonstrate these skills during assessments from the NCRC, they receive credentials to indicate their We believe that designation as an ACT Work Ready Community aligns perfectly with our school’s mission to empower our students to become lifelong learners. life who are responsible and contributing citizens,” said Neathery.

Details: www.workreadycommunities.org and www.act.org/workforce.

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