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Business and community leaders from Franklin County were on hand Thursday, January 16, when Governor Jay Nixon presented the proclamation designating Franklin County as a Certified Work Ready Community by American College Testing.  Franklin County is one of just five counties in the nation to receive this designation

 

Nixon made the announcement when he visited  CG Power Systems in Washington

 

"By achieving this esteemed designation, Franklin County is demonstrating that its partners in education and economic development are working together to prepare their workers to compete and succeed in today's global economy," Nixon  said.  "We will continue to support communities throughout the state as we work to create more jobs and more opportunities for Missourians."

 

Gretchen Pettet, executive director of the Center for Workforce Development at East Central College, coordinated the 17-member Franklin County leadership team.  That group worked with more than 70 local employers, educational institutions, and workforce development organizations to support Franklin County's efforts to achieve certification.

 

Nixon noted that by achieving Work Ready Community status, Franklin County is demonstrating that its partners in education and economic development are working together to prepare workers to compete and succeed in today's global economy

 

In 2012, Missouri was selected as one of the first four states to participate in the Certified Work Ready Communities initiative by ACT. The initiative aligns workforce training programs with the economic development needs of communities; matches appropriate applicants to jobs based on skill level; and strengthens businesses by strengthening the workforce.

 

See the complete release from Governor Nixon’s office here

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