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Oconee County certified as Work Ready

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On June 5, 2015, Gov. Nikki Haley announced that Oconee County is now certified as Work Ready. South Carolina continues to outpace the nation in an initiative that showcases the highly skilled workforce that businesses require in a competitive economy with 32 counties receiving Work Ready certification, demonstrating to businesses a strong workforce and commitment to economic growth.

“We are excited every time a county earns the certified work ready designation,” said Cheryl M. Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “Becoming a certified work ready community creates an opportunity for citizens in that county because it sends a clear message that the community is open for business, and companies who invest here will find the workforce they need to be successful.”

A Work Ready community is measure of quality of a county’s workforce. It is an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed to providing the highly skilled workforce required in today’s competitive economy. In order to be considered Work Ready, a county must meet the state sanctioned goals for high school graduation, soft skills development, business support and National Career Readiness certificate holders.

“Communities across South Carolina are continuing to showcase our state’s greatest asset – its people and they strong, loyal workforce they make up,” said Gov. Haley.


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