After two years of efforts, Cole County leaders have finally earned the Certified Work Ready Community status, something they say will help recruit and retain a more highly skilled workforce.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced the certification Monday, joined by representatives of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and elected representatives of Jefferson City and Cole County.
According to a news release, the Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) designation “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.”
In order to obtain the certification, Cole County had to complete several established goals concerning the number of job seekers who obtain a National Career Readiness Certificate and the number of businesses engaged in recognizing or supporting the initiative in their hiring practices.
Missouri now has 78 counties actively participating in the CWRC initiative.
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