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Kershaw, 2 other counties joins ranks of Certified Work Ready

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Published Sept. 14, 2015

Another three South Carolina counties are certified through the S.C. Work Ready Communities initiative, Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday.

The initiative, which now includes Georgetown, Kershaw and York, enables economic development using a “community-based approach, grounded in certifying counties as work ready.” All but 10 of the state’s 46 counties are now work ready.

“We have always said that our state’s greatest asset is our workforce because of the hardworking, skilled people who call South Carolina home,” Haley said. “The fact that Kershaw, Georgetown, and York have now joined 33 other counties by being certified as work ready proves that all of Team South Carolina is hard at work towards providing our citizens with opportunity and our companies with the best workforce in the world.”

South Carolina leads the nation with the most Certified Work Ready communities. A map of those certified is available here.

To become a certified community counties must reach or exceed goals in earning National Career Readiness Certificates. They must also meet or exceed the three-year graduation rate average or improvement percentage and must engage business support.

“We celebrate what this means for these counties and our state” said Cheryl Stanton, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce executive director. “With the Work Ready initiative, and a continuing commitment to skilled workforce development, it is not surprising that employment numbers have been at historic highs over the last year, and companies continue to expand and choose South Carolina as the place to do business.”

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