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ACT Names Cherokee County Pilot Bright Spots Academy
Columbus, Kan. – In an announcement yesterday, the Cherokee County Work Ready Community Committee highlighted a letter of acceptance into the American College Testing (ACT) Pilot Bright Spots Academy. Cherokee County received an invitation to attend the Academy in Atlanta, Ga., next month. Cherokee County is the only Kansas county selected to participate in this inaugural county-level pilot program. Cherokee County joins Jasper County, Mo., as a Work Ready Community.
"The time is right to work jointly on big economic development issues that affect communities, employers and families," said Mark Turnbull, Director of Regional Strategies, Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative (JRPI). "The Work Ready designation shows employers that Cherokee County sees its workforce as a vital positive element of the economic development strategic plan."
The CWRC major impact is to drive economic development through certifying counties’ workforce for expansion of existing business, potential new employers that are evaluating the county for a new location and narrowing the nationwide skills gap through partnering with education partners in assessment and curriculum revision.
The CWRC is a voluntary initiative led by community leaders that links workforce development to education, aligns the economic development needs of communities and matches appropriate applicants to jobs based on skill levels. This designation strengthens and grows businesses, and fosters economic competitiveness.