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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) –Tift County is one of eight more Georgia counties recently certified as Work Ready Communities. The designation may help attract new businesses and give an added edge to job seekers.

The initiative was created to ensure Georgia's workforce has the best skills, easy access to training, and great job opportunities.

In this economy anything to give a job applicant an edge, or give additional training to current workers is helpful...and now Tift County has a tool that gives employees and employers a boost, at no cost they are now a certified work ready community. "Companies coming into town will look at our work ready certificates and see that we are a work ready community they will know that our workforce has the job skills able to perform the duties," said Carla Cooper, Human Resources Director.

That means Tift County has shown they have the talented workforce businesses and employers want."Not only will it help employees with our jobs now but possibly future positions," she said.

It will also help appeal to future companies looking to move to Tifton, that's why Carmina Turner says she took the assessment. "I sure hope a lot of big companies come over and it brings a big boost to the economy," she said.

She says she cares about her community, and she'll do anything she can to help create more jobs,

Katrina Homer says it would show a job applicant has taken that extra step if they took the assessment."You would look at them and see they got initiative and that would also be a quality you would be interested in looking at for a job applicant," she said.

In order to be certified, the county must encourage current workers and those looking for jobs to take the work ready assessment, demonstrate a commitment in improving high school graduation rates, and build community commitment for meeting those goals. "We've lost so many businesses here and we want people in state and out of state to look at Tifton as a favorable place to come start a business," said Glenda Jackson.

Counties are given three years to reach the goals necessary to earn the designation.

A Recent survey among companies that use work ready found that 90 percent would recommend it to others and 78 percent said that it helps them find higher quality employees.

The other counties recently certified as work ready were Cherokee, Clay, Glynn, Jones, Macon, Miller and Randolph Counties.

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