Governor Nikki Haley announced today that Calhoun, Chester and Orangeburg counties received certification through the South Carolina Work Ready Communities (SCWRC) initiative. The three counties join the 36 other counties that have met the specified workforce and education goals.
South Carolina leads the nation with the most certified work ready communities, and continues to attract international business development due to its commitment to economic growth and a robust workforce pipeline.
“We are only seven counties away from being the nation’s first certified work ready state with the recent certifications of Calhoun, Chester and Orangeburg counties, and that is cause to celebrate,” Gov. Nikki Haley said. “This again confirms that all of Team South Carolina is working hard toward providing our citizens with opportunities and our businesses with the best workforce in the world. We have always said that our state’s greatest asset is our workforce because of the hardworking, skilled people who call South Carolina home.”
“It is exciting to think that there are now 39 South Carolina counties certified as work ready and what it means to our citizens, local communities and our state,” said Cheryl M. Stanton, Executive Director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “The Work Ready initiative is providing employers with a skilled workforce, which is driving the state’s employment number where, in August, we saw more people working than any time in the our state’s history. Companies are deciding that South Carolina is a great place to do business.”
The South Carolina Work Ready Community initiative provides a framework to strengthen economic development using a community-based approach, grounded in certifying counties as work ready.
To become a South Carolina Work Ready Community, a county must reach or exceed goals in earning National Career Readiness Certificates (achieved through WorkKeys® testing), must meet or exceed the three-year graduation rate average or improvement percentage, and must engage business support.
A map of South Carolina’s 39 certified counties is available here.
For additional information, visit www.scworkready.org.