EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Two counties in the Coastal Empire have been designated as Work Ready Communities of Excellence by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Effingham and Liberty counties were two of the five counties that earned the designation. The other three are Gordon, Brantley and Rabun counties.
The designation means that the county has the skilled workforce needed to meet business demands and drive economic growth, and the educational foundation to build a pipeline of workers ready to create ongoing success, according to the governor's office.
These counties are the 13th group to complete their Work Ready Certificate goals and meet at least the required minimum increase in their county's public high school graduation rate.
To earn the designation, counties must show a commitment to improving public high school graduation rates through a measurable increase, and show a specified percentage of the available and current workforce has obtained Work Ready Certificates.
Each community created a team of economic development, government and education partners to meet the certification criteria. Counties are given three years to reach the goals necessary to earn the designation, according to the governor's office.
Liberty County is holding a reception to mark its milestone on June 7. It will take place at the 9 a.m. at the Liberty County Board of Education at 200 Bradwell St. in Hinesville. RSVP toBeth at 912.368.4445 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.