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North Carolina Work Ready Communities

Assisting North Carolina communities in developing a workforce that meets the needs of the 21st century economy

The Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc. is excited about the new Work Ready Communities Certification Initiative that is being launched Fall 2011 throughout the Eastern Region.

Funded through North Carolina’s Rural Center, together, North Carolina’s Eastern Region, the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, CFED, and the North Carolina Community College System will launch a Work Ready Communities Demonstration project to assess and award communities that meet Work Ready thresholds, evaluate the standards for proposed certification, motivate rural county participation, introduce the Work Ready Initiative to employers, and capture lessons learned at the regional level for potential application across the state.  The Eastern Region is the ideal demonstration site because it is home to Wayne County, the county that leads the state with the highest number of Career Readiness Certificates (CRC).  In partnership with the local community colleges and public school systems, the Eastern region is leading the State with over 15,000 CRCs awarded through June 2011.  The Board views this investment in the Work Ready Communities Certification initiative as a key strategy to ensure a skilled workforce for the Region’s employers.

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