Economic Development News
Cole County receives ACT Work Ready Communities Certification
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
By: Missy Bonnot, Director, Economic Development
Chamber staff was recently recognized at the 4th Annual ACT Workforce Symposium in Nashville, TN, where they received ACT Work Ready Certification. The symposium, “Advancing Innovative Communities” convened educators, workforce professionals, economic developers and employers, along with national, state and community leaders.
This year’s symposium brought leaders from across the country to advance the national dialogue on workforce innovations and best practices. One of the sessions highlighted Cole County’s strategy to offer the program’s workplace training assessments to offenders living in the Transitional Housing Unit at the Algoa Correctional Center in Jefferson City and to help them obtain employment upon being released from the prison system.
Since the start of the pilot project at the center in March of 2015, 219 of the 235 offenders completed the assessments and have earned National Career Readiness Certificates that can verify their workplace knowledge in a variety of areas to prospective employers. Made possible by a partnership between the Missouri Department of Corrections, the Cole County Certified Work Ready Community Committee, and State Technical College, 84 percent of the certificate holders have since obtained employment.
The Cole County Certified Work Ready Community Committee consisted of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson City Public Schools, Nichols Career Center, State Technical College of Missouri, City of Jefferson, the Missouri Department of Corrections, and the Missouri Job Center in Jefferson City.
Pictured: Shelle Jacobs, State Technical College; Missy Bonnot, Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and Cheri Tune, Division of Workforce Development are recognized for ACT Work Ready Community certification