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" News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper November 28, 2013 - 21 ( t I Madison County is the first community in Ken- tucky to graduate from Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress certification to the Ken. i tucky Work Ready Com- munities level, according to the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB). Twenty-two other coun- ties are working toward the Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification as a way to strengthen and market their local work- force. The Kentucky Work Ready Communities cer- tification program from the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) and the Kentucky Educa- tion and Workforce Devel- opment Cabinet assures employers that a local workforce has the tal- ent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require. "Pursuing the Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification is a difficult process but it is well worth the investment of local leaders' time, energy and talent," said Ed Holmes, chair of KWIB. To achieve the Kentucky Work Ready Communi- ties designation, a county must gather local support and commitment and apply for the certification. Coun- ties have to meet criteria in six areas including high school graduation rate, National Career Readi- ness Certificate (NCRC) holders, demonstrated community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development and digital literacy. Richmond Chamber of Commerce Executive Di- rector Mendi Goble said working toward the Ken- tucky Work Ready Com- munities certification was an eye-opening experience because community lead- ers from business, govern- ment and education were all working together for the first time, 'You can't put a price on getting a university, school system, city, county, business and industry to- gether," said Goble. "For the first time, we were all in the same room talk- ing about the same issue which was onr local work- force and how to promote and measure work ethic, critical thinking and other workplace skills." Currently, 23 counties have been designated as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress because they are close to meeting the Kentucky Work Ready Community criteria. To achieve this level, a county must pres- ent a viable plan to meet all of the criteria within three years. The designa- tion shows that a commu- nity is making strides and working with its business, education, workforce and economic development leaders to set and meet common goals that will give the county an eco- nomic edge. Goble said Madison County met all but two of the goals, NCRC attain- ment and soft skills devel- opment, when they applied for Kentucky Work Ready Communities. As a result, they have implemented several programs to reach goals in those areas. For example, one elementary school was awarded a Leader in Me grant to im- prove soft skills and help students develop a work ethic early in their educa- tional careers. The pro- gram, based on the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Ef- fective People@," teaches students about characteris- tics such as leadership, re- sponsibility and teamwork. Crystal Gibson, chair of the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Re- view Panel and vice presi- dent of Public Affairs at Cifigroup, said the hard work pays off for commu- nities because the certifi- cation gives them tangible evidence that workers are skilled and that the county is committed to continuous improvement. "As community lead- ers work through the pro- gram, they discover new programs they didn't know existed, they reduce du- plicarion of services and they build relationships be- tween people and organiza- tions," Gibson said. Goble said going through the Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress process and talking with local leaders has helped her be a better, more educated advocate for business in Richmond. "What we have built and what we have learned is what is so important. As a community, we are on the same page as never before. Crossing lines has opened so many doors," Goble said. Applications for the certification were reviewed by a panel appointed by the KWIB. The panel recom- mended certification by the board for the counties that met the criteria. The panel meets four times a year to review applications, which can be submitted at any time. For more infor- marion about the Kentucky Work Ready Communities program, go to http:// workready.ky.gov. I I ( i In its fifth year, the Ken- students who create art them. For the artist, the of business Feb. 28, 2014. tucky Department for En. using the contest themes creative process can foster All nominations must be : vironmental Protection or categories of conserva- understanding and connec- sent via emall only to en. (DEP) is soliciting nomina- tion, pollution prevention tion to our natural world, vhelp@ky.gov. A digital tions for the 2013-14 Eco-and environmental protec- and we hope that the piec- picture of each artwork :i Art Contest. The contest tion. Students may submit es they produce can help nomination must accom- provides an opportunity for artwork using the media studentsto gain statewide types of drawing/painting/ recognition for their art- print, mixed media, scull> work as it relates to Ken- ture and photographs, with tucky's environment. Used one winner for each sub- as a tool for environmental mitted art type within each education, art supports category. DEP's mission to protect 'qlae Eco-Art Contest is Kentucky's environment, an opportunity for students Multiple awards will be presented to eligible feelings and: ideas about Kentuclo/ hitch school the environment ,around inspire and educate others about Kentucky's environ- ment," said R. Bruce Scott, DEP commissioner. Artwork from previous years' contest winners is displayed in the DEP Train- ing Center in Frankfort, where it has been viewed to explore their thoughts, by hundreds of visitors. Contest' nominations are :: at3OOFair Oaks Lane. bein8 accepted until close pany each form submitted. Eligible students include all students enrolled in Kentucky public and pri- vate high schools for the 2013-14 academic year. Winners will be notified in March, and winning en- tries will be displayed in the DEP Training Center Saturday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. Take U.S. 32 East from Carlisle, Ky approximately 7 miles to auction site. Stone Auction Service has been authorized to auction this home and lot (1.3 acres). An open house will be held on Sunday, Nov 24th from 2- 3:30 p.m. This is an all-electric, 1600 sq ft. double-wide home. Consist of 3 baths, and abundance of living space, on a block foundation and on city water, TERMS: $4,000 down, balance due with deed on or before Dec 30, 2013. about the Eco-Art Contest and to access a nomina- tion form, visit http://dca. ky.gov/LGGS/Pages/eco- art.aspx or call the Division of Compliance Assistance toll-free at 800-926-8111. of Owingsville Try our new $3 buck breakfast! Open Thanksgiving Day 7-11 a.m. Breakfast Only Senior Citizens' Night each week Tuesday Night, 4-8 p. m: ........ .Food is 50% off (exetud 'ice zteam)'+ ;' The KentuckyNewsGroup is now offe g to design your custom election material. 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