NEW LONDON, Mo. -- Ralls County has become the 71st Missouri county to be designated a Certified Work Ready Community.
The designation was announced this week by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
A ceremony recognizing this achievement will be held 10 a.m. Monday in the lower level of the Ralls County Courthouse at 311 Main St. in New London. Julie Carter from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development in Jefferson City will present the certification to elected county officials and representatives of the Ralls County R-II School District.
The event is open to the public.
The Certified Work Ready Community initiative helps communities validate the skills and knowledge of their workforce to the business community, according to George Walley, executive director of the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council.
"The CWRC program allows us to understand the strengths and weaknesses of our labor base so that we can support our local and regional employers and assure quality employment for current adult workforce and our emerging younger workforce," Walley said in a press release.
"We are very thankful for the participation of many of our Ralls County employers, the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, and the dedicated staff of the Ralls County R-II School District for making it possible to achieve this certification," he said.
Missouri in 2012 became one of the first four states selected to participate in the Certified Workforce Ready Communities initiative by American College Testing.
The CWRC initiative aligns workforce training programs with the economic development needs of communities; matches appropriate applicants to jobs based on skill level; and strengthens businesses by solidifying the workforce.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development says more than 4,229 Missouri employers and more than 21,886 employers nationwide have given their official support to the CWRC program.