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Liberty County is Georgia Work Ready

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LIBERTY CO., GA (WTOC) -

Nearly 100 businesses and civic leaders, from Liberty County, gathered together on Tuesday morning to celebrate the official designation of Liberty County as a Work Ready Community of Excellence.

The Work Ready Community of Excellence program, created by Former Governor Sonny Perdue in 2006, means that the county has successfully gained a skilled workforce that is needed to meet business demands and drive economic growth.

The program also helped the county to build an educational foundation to build a steady line of skilled workers ready to create ongoing success.

Liberty County earned 2,901 Work Ready Certificates and also increased the public high school graduation rate from 69.4% to 77.8%.

Melvin Everson, director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, presented a check for $10,000 to support Liberty County's efforts in sustaining the momentum for the Work Ready program.

The Georgia Work Ready program is administered through the Technical College System of Georgia.

Members of the Liberty County Work Ready Team:

  • Robert Stokes, Georgia Power (chair)
  • Terrie Sellers (vice-chair),  Ken Boyd and Julie Gerbsch, Savannah Technical College                         
  • Leah Poole, Cathleen Thomas and Tony Mahan, Liberty Chamber of Commerce
  • Bob Sprinkle and Carmella Orr, Liberty County
  • Lisa Eason, Tom Alexander, and Sonja Duncan, Liberty County Schools
  • Jessica Hood, Liberty County Development Authority
  • P.J. Schneider, Department of Labor
  • Billy Edwards, Holly Stevens-Brown, and Maureen Mobley, City of Hinesville
  • DeLisa Espada, Strategic Business Solutions
  • Janet Jones, Coastal Workforce Investment Board

For information call the Work Ready Hotline at 912.443.3014 or visit:http://www.savannahtech.edu/cwo/Economic_Development/ Georgia_Work_Ready .

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