Goble said Madison County met all but two of the goals, NCRC attainment and soft skills development, when they applied for Kentucky Work Ready Communities. As a result, they have implemented several programs to reach goals in those areas.
For example, one elementary school was awarded a Leader in Me grant to improve soft skills and help students develop a work ethic early in their educational careers.
The program, based on the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” teaches students about characteristics such as leadership, responsibility and teamwork.
Crystal Gibson, chair of the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Review Panel and vice president of Public Affairs at Citigroup, said the hard work pays off for communities because the certification gives them tangible evidence that workers are skilled and that the county is committed to continuous improvement.
“As community leaders work through the program, they discover new programs they didn’t know existed, they reduce duplication of services and they build relationships between people and organizations,” Gibson said.
Goble said going through the Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress process and talking with local leaders has helped her be a better, more educated advocate for business in Richmond.
“What we have built and what we have learned is what is so important. As a community, we are on the same page as never before. Crossing lines has opened so many doors,” Goble said.
Applications for the certification were reviewed by a panel appointed by the KWIB. The panel recommended certification by the board for the counties that met the criteria. The panel meets four times a year to review applications, which can be submitted at any time.
For more information about the Kentucky Work Ready Communities program, go to http://workready.ky.gov.