Campus Helps Community Become Certified By State Workforce Investment Board
Jun 15, 2012
On Thursday, May 17, Richmond Campus Director Keeley Gadd joined representatives from the cities of Richmond and Berea in accepting Madison County’s certification as a Work Ready Community in Progress by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.
Certification as a Work Ready Community or Work Ready Community in Progress provides verification that the local workforce has the skills necessary to support employers in the area and can help in attracting new businesses to the community.
The certifications are awarded based on a number of thresholds and criteria including high school graduation rates, number of National Career Readiness Certificate holders, community commitment, percentage of adults with at least a two-year degree attained, occupational credential attainment, internet availability and work ethic/soft skills development programs.
Keeley represents National College on the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors where she serves as Vice President of Partnerships. She also serves on the Economic Development and the Madison County Business and Education Partnership (MCBEP) committees. “MCBEP was the leading force behind our community receiving the Work Ready In Progress certification,” said Mendi Goble, executive director of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. “Keeley played a key role in moving these efforts forward.”
In addition, the exclusive National College Workforce Development Grant, which matches tuition assistance from agencies, was cited on the Work Ready application as a resource available to the community to help fund training. The degrees, diplomas, certifications, soft skills workshops and career placement assistance that the college offers are also assets available to the community which help in building the skilled workforce necessary for the designation.
Campus Director Keeley Gadd, pictured third from left, is working with members of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and representatives from the cities of Richmond and Berea in Madison County.