This morning the North Carolina’s Eastern Region recognized Wayne County as North Carolina’s first ever Certified WorkReady Community. This announcement is a feather in the cap of a community that has worked hard to provide a qualified workforce to the industries that relocate and expand here in Wayne County. Many organizations need recognition for this amazing accomplishment: Wayne Community College, The County of Wayne, Wayne County Public Schools, the Wayne County Development Alliance, Inc., and our industries. Without all of the aforementioned, it would have been impossible to reach this milestone.
One may ask, “what does this really mean?” and we would collectively reply, “It means that Wayne County has the workforce to support our existing industry as well as industries that relocate to our great county!” A lot of communities make this claim – trust us we hear it ALL THE TIME but Wayne County has certifiable proof that we have the workforce that industries need. Joanna Helms, President of the Wayne County Development Alliance has this to say,
The retention and recruitment of industry is extremely competitive, even more so today than in decades past. The communities that set themselves apart in the areas most important to the decision making process will win the day. Workforce is a huge deal in economic development and Wayne County gets that. To be formally recognized as a ‘Work Ready Community’ and the first in the state is going to keep Wayne County on the leading edge. It’s a recognition that we believe will result in more jobs and more investment for Wayne County.
This past October Wayne County surpassed 10,000 Career Readiness Certificates awarded. This number is by far more than any other county in the state. With the rising interest in workforce by industries, site selectors, legislators, and the like, Wayne County has positioned itself to rise to the top. We take workforce development very seriously and our numbers prove that.