Knox County earned a new distinction this week. The county won “unanimous approval” from the state recommendation committee and will soon be certified as one of the Governor’s official “Work ready communities – in progress.”
County Judge Executive JM Hall, Mayor David Thompson, and community leaders representing the, Chamber of Commerce, KCEOC, Eastern Kentucky University, and several other agencies attended the meeting.
“I think this is great. Our kids need to be work ready,” said Mayor Thompson, adding that the designation took a lot of time and effort to achieve. According to the state’s work ready community website, “Kentucky has the most rigorous certification program in the nation to allow communities to demonstrate their workforce quality. The criteria includes high school graduation rates, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, community commitment, educational attainment, soft skills development and Internet availability.
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