Press Release:

SPRINGFIELD, MO –The Missouri Job Center hosted a celebration for Taney County becoming a Certified Work Ready Community on Friday, August 10 at OTC Table Rock Campus in Hollister, Mo. Area leaders, elected officials, and Job Center staff joined together to celebrate this important accomplishment.

Taney County completed their certification in the ACT® Work Ready Program in May 2018. To obtain certification, ACT® set goals for Taney County to meet in four areas, all of which were surpassed.

“ACT® Certified Work Ready Community status is another quality tool in our toolbox to drive economic growth, specifically when it comes to workforce development,” said Jonas Arjes, Executive Director, Taney County Partnership. “We are ready to help employers recruit better prepared employees.”

The ACT® Work Ready Community Program is designed to provide a community-based framework that focuses on the current workforce needs and helps to reduce the skills gap. This initiative allows for a more stream-lined approach to connect education to workforce development. These communities are helping to promote their local economies by increasing the quality of the workforce and anticipating the needs of area businesses.

For additional information about the event or the ACT® Certified Work Ready Communities initiative, please visit www.workreadycommunities.org.