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A Work Ready Community is a measure of the 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.

Washington’s initiative certifies the quality of the workforce based on four criteria. Communities must meet goals for:

  • high school graduation
  • soft skills development
  • business support
  • National Career Readiness Certificate holders

On behalf of Washington State, the Work Ready Leadership Team will certify communities as Work Ready when each of the four criteria are met. Communities close to meeting the criteria that have presented plans to achieve the goals within two years can be considered as a Work Ready Community in Progress, indicating a commitment to meeting the skilled workforce needs of business and industry.

Certified Work Ready Communities is a voluntary initiative guided by local leaders representing:

  • Business
  • Economic development
  • Elected officials
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Educators
  • Workforce development

Whether your town is large or small, your community will be able to attract, retain, and develop a workforce with the education and foundational skills to succeed in the 21st century by utilizing the National Career Readiness Certificate.

By strengthening your local workforce your community can prosper and grow.

A Certified Work Ready Community means your local county has job candidates in the pipeline with high-demand skills demonstrated by the National Career Readiness Certificate. It also shows that local employers care about hiring the best and brightest your region has to offer. Further, regions around the country have been able to attract businesses to their cities and towns by being able to definitively prove they have the talent needed for a company to succeed and grow.

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