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Washington County, Mississippi
The Washington County Economic Alliance took top honors for its Opportunity Youth Training Program in the Community Economic Development Award from the Mississippi Economic Development Council. Breaking barriers and fulfilling potential is the mission of the program, which equips local youth with training toward career and sector certifications.
Success of the Nufarm project in the WRC of Washington County, MS helped land one of the Top 15 Community Impact Awards from Trade and Industry Development Magazine. The segment on Washington County appears on page 64 of the print and digital editions.
The Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA) is pleased to announce that Washington County has met all the criteria to reach the third maintenance tier to retain their ACT Work Ready Community certification. Washington County is the first participating county in the United States to achieve third tier certification.
“ACT congratulates Washington County, Mississippi, first in the nation to achieve the third tier Work Ready Communities certification,” Fred McConnel, Director of Work Ready Communities at ACT. “The leadership team in Washington County is a model for the nation to leverage the Work Ready Communities framework in the alignment of training and capture of growth opportunities for new and existing employers.”
The Ready for Work podcast showcases the best and brightest in workforce development and career
education. Powered by ACT’s mission of education and workplace success, the podcast equips stakeholders of the workforce ecosystem with trends, innovation, and action steps to help maximize the workforce.
Launched in April 2019, the podcast’s interview format features promising practices in the field and subject matter experts. Bi-monthly episodes run 14-20 minutes. Future content includes coverage of key conferences and events, such as the ACT Workforce Summit.
Episode 1 features the Role of Economic Development in the Local Workforce Ecosystem and an interview with Will Coppage of the Washington County, MS Economic Alliance.
More and more industries and college technical training programs require employees to take the national WorkKeys test, which assesses a person’s readiness for employment in different types of jobs. In response to this demand, more and more communities are moving to become “work ready” communities