According to information released last week by James Richter of the South Carolina Workforce Investment Board (SWIB), Chesterfield County will be right in line with the most of the state by joining efforts to be designated as a SC Work Ready Community. Currently, 34 of the state’s 46 counties are already a part of this program or have agreed to accept the challenges of the program.
Chesterfield County Council voted earlier this month to set the wheels in motion for building this program in the county, and Councilman Crawford Moore of Cheraw agreed to lead those efforts.
“It’s a great thing when 34 of our counties step up to participate in the South Carolina Work Ready Community initiative,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “Our local partners are a vital part of our team’s focus to recruit jobs for our citizens. These 34 counties’ commitment to raising the bar is another reason why South Carolina is the new ‘it’ state when it comes to economic development.”
“The South Carolina Work Ready Communities initiative enables counties to demonstrate that they have a ready workforce that is globally competitive,” said Robert Barnett, Associate Vice President of Workforce, Education and Manufacturing Policy of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
The South Carolina Work Ready Communities initiative is a public-private initiative whose mission is to empower counties in developing a workforce that meets the needs and challenges of a global economy. Developed by ACT, a Work Ready Community is a measure of the quality of a county’s workforce. South Carolina was one of four pilot states selected by ACT to participate in the ACT Certified Work Ready Community program. For additional information, please visit www.scworkready.org.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.