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Wanted: 193 Work-Ready People
Tuesday, 24 August 2010

August 24--  Even if you have a job, you can do something to help Toombs County attract more jobs to grow the local economy.

Toombs County is trying to earn the designation "Work-Ready Community" from the state of Georgia, and it needs 193 more people to take a three-hour assessment in order to meet the goal.

"There are more and more counties in the state which are after this certification.  It's basically an advertisement that you have a qualified workforce for any business or industry which is looking at our area," according to David Yarbrough with the Economic Development Center at Southeastern Tech in Vidalia.

So far, 45 counties in Georgia have earned the certification.  Yarbrough says the certification assessment measures skills in the areas of math, reading comprehension and finding information.  

"The real idea behind it is to find out what level of skill you have in each area.  There's no real pass or fail.  We have very few who have any problem with scoring well in the basic skills portion in any of the areas," Yarbrough reports.

Toombs County's goal is 471 people to take the assessment.  It has reached 59% of the goal and needs 193 more people to participate.  By the way, if you're currently unemployed, you can apply to receive up to $300 when you take the assessment.

Call Yarbrough at 538-3258 to take the assessment at the Economic Development Center on Brinson Road in Vidalia.

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