AUGUST 3, 2015
Learns details of county’s ‘Work Ready Community in Progress’….presents check to First Time Around
The Louisa Rotary Club met Thursday, July 30 for their weekly meeting which was opened by President, Steve Montgomery.
The major announcement was the annual Rotary Auction which will take place this week, August 4, 5, and 6 and broadcasted live on WZAQ 92.3, beginning each evening at 5:00 pm. Lots of great items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Some of those items include Reds tickets, massages, golf rounds, pet spay or neuter, cabin rental, gift cards, restaurant meals, tools, health and legal services, haircuts and much more. You may bid on items by calling 606-826-0398 or 0399.
The auction will also be televised on local channels 100/200.
The group thanked Lycom Communications for installing multiple phone lines at the Lawrence County Community Center from which the auction will be operated. Bridgett James, Representative of the KY Career Center was a guest, accompanying speaker, Bonnie Conn.
Mayor Harold Slone was present and thanked the Rotary for their donation of the gazebo at the city pool during the renovation. “Last year the pool made $4,000. So far this year after the remodel, it has generated over $30,000.”
Next, President Steve Montgomery presented a check to First Time Around, the popular local youth bluegrass band who has been gaining notoriety all over the area. Zack Wright, banjo player for the band, thanked the Rotary for the donation and said they have been invited to an event in Nashville and the money will be used for that. He also thanked everyone for letting involving the band in the community.
Special guest speaker, Bonnie Conn, spoke to the group about the recent ‘Work Ready Community in Progress certification the county has achieved. “We stated working on this in 2014, and it took us a year and a half to get it together. We exceeded every expectation but one.”
Conn explained there are certain credentials a county must meet in order to be certified by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board as Work Ready. Until they meet all requirements, they will be deemed Work Ready in Progress, as they work toward a complete certification.
The 6 criteria that must be met are: (1)) 88% graduation rate with a plan to reach 98% by 2022, (2) National Career Readiness Certificate–a plan to reach 9% of the working age population holding these certificates within 3 years and 15 % within 5 years, (3) Community Commitment–support from the following stakeholders: economic development, elected officials, education, workforce development and business and industry, (4) Educational Attainment– the percentage of working age adults with at least a 2 year degree must be at 25%with a plan to increase to 32% within 3 years and 39% within 5 years, must present a plan to reduce the percentage of adults without a high school diploma or GED by 3 percent points in 3 years and 5 percent points in 5 years, (5) Soft Skills Management–a program in place to address the work ethic (attendance, punctuality, communication, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, etc.) and credentialing for both the secondary and post secondary adult populations, (6) Internet Availability–high speed internet service must be available to 90% of housing units.
Conn said the county met every credential except for the educational attainment component. “We were just a little short” she said. She explained that the plan to meet this requirement is to try to encourage all businesses to have their employees go to the Adult Education Center to take the National Career Readiness test. All high school seniors will be taking the test as well. “This will increase the number of people obtaining the NRC Certificate which will continue to raise the educational attainment portion we need to move from a Work Ready Community in Progress to a Work Ready Community.”
Lawrence County was certified as a Work Ready Community in Progress on May 14 of this year and was presented a certificate and road signs to signify their achievement.
Conn stressed the importance of employers to send their employees to take the NRC test. “It is free and can be taken at the Lawrence Co. Adult Education Center,” she said. For more information, call Bonnie Conn or Bridgett James at the Kentucky Career Center at 606-638-4949.
The Rotary meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be Thursday, August 6 at 12:00 at the Louisa First Baptist Church.