Calhoun, Chester, Orangeburg counties earn Work Ready Communities certifications

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley recently announced that Calhoun, Chester and Orangeburg counties have earned certification through the South Carolina Work Ready Communities (WRC) initiative.

The counties join 36 others that have met the educational goals necessary for certification, giving South Carolina more WRC certified counties than any other state.

"We have a real reason to celebrate with Calhoun, Chester and Orangeburg counties becoming certified as Work Ready Communities,” Haley said. “This again proves that the Team South Carolina approach is working towards making sure we have the most attractive business environment in the world for companies looking for a place to call home.”

Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, called the certifications "exciting."

“The Work Ready initiative is providing employers with a skilled workforce, which is driving the state’s employment number where, in August, we saw more people working than any time in our state’s history," she said. "Companies are deciding that South Carolina is a great place to do business.”

To earn Work Ready Certification, a county must meet or exceed goals in earning National Career Readiness Certificates (achieved through WorkKeys testing), must meet or exceed the three-year graduation rate average or improvement percentage, and must exhibit business support.

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