Lincoln County Presiding Commissioner Dan Colbert welcomed those in attendance. He explained that, as part of the process to achieve the designation, more than 800 individuals had taken the ACT WorkKeys Assessment and earned a National Career Readiness Certificate. Commissioner Colbert thanked all those who were involved in administering the test.
Larry Tucker and Julie Rodgers from Lincoln County Economic Development were instrumental in helping the county reach goals required to achieve status as a Work Ready Community. They approached businesses and shared information about the benefits of the designation. Forty four employers agreed to participate and have expressed their preference in hiring individuals who have earned the National Career Readiness Certificate.
Mardy Leathers, Director of the Division of Workforce Development – Missouri Department of Economic Development, served as guest speaker for the event. He presented Lincoln County officials with a proclamation from the Governor’s office. Director Leathers discussed the importance for communities to create a culture of resiliency as things change in our economies. Being a Certified Work Ready Community allows the opportunity to build, establish, and cultivate resiliency in a community. The groundwork has been done to bring educators, local government, and the business community together to look at assets and work to match the needs of employers with the needs of individuals.
State Senator Jeannie Riddle shared that workforce development was the number one issue in the State of Missouri today. She thanked those involved in Lincoln County’s efforts to align education with economic development needs and offered her congratulations.