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Certified Community Work Ready Academy

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Certified Community Work Ready Academy

Joplin, Mo. - Cherokee and Labette counties in Kansas were recently selected to participate in the ACT National Community Work Ready program. Earlier this summer Jasper County, Mo., was named the first national certified Work Ready certified community after participating in the program.  

"We are excited Cherokee and Labette counties were accepted into the ACT Bright Spots Pilot Certified Community Work Ready Academy," said Mark Turnbull, director of regional strategy with the Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative (JRPI). "This is a major step within JRPI's three-state, seven-county region to build a comprehensive workforce of the future. The Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) initiative provides a framework to link workforce development to education and simultaneously align economic development needs of the community so employers know potential employees have the basic skills needed to do a specific job."

Cherokee, Labette and Jasper counties are part of the Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative.

The CWRC's 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.

Local leaders of the steering committee attending the Academy include Trish Carroll, general manager of Columbus (Kan.) Telephone; Marty Anderson, Labette County (Kan.) High School principal; Kari Soper, Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College faculty member; and Mark Turnbull, JRPI director of regional strategy.

For more information visit www.JoplinRegionalStrategy.com <http://www.JoplinRegionalStrategy.com> or contact Mark Turnbull, Director of Regional Strategy, at 417.624.4150 or via email at mturnbull@joplincc.com <mailto:mturnbull@joplincc.com>.

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