Emanuel Co "Work Ready"
Wednesday, 17 March 2010

March 17--  An area county has reached a benchmark to make it more competitive for economic development.

Governor Sonny Perdue announces that Emanuel County is one of four in the state being added to the list of  "Certified Work Ready Communities."  The governor says Emanuel met the state standard by qualifying 818 employees with Work Ready Certificates and by increasing its high school graduation rate from 67.25 to 74.2%.

Meanwhile, Toombs County is still trying to make the mark.  David Yarborough with Southeastern Tech's Economic Development Center says Toombs is about 40% there.

"We're doing all we can to get as many people assessed so we can say our workforce here in Toombs County is work ready," Yarborough reports.  The assesment includes reading and math skills and, according to Yarborough, tells the employer, "I've got the basic skills which are needed in any hiring situation."

Yarborough says efforts also continue to improve the county's high school graduation rate.  "There are multiple efforts in Toombs County to improve our graduation rate including our GED program and the new career academy to keep people in high school," he said.

He estimates there are some 20 communities in Georgia which have reached "Work Ready Community" status.  It's both a plus for job-seekers and for employers looking for a qualified labor force.  "We're getting closer and hopefully will be able to get their in the very near future," he observes.

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