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Hickman County's First Work Ready Community Meeting held in Clinton
Work Ready luncheon kick off brought range of local business, government, education leaders together.

Hickman County Judge Kenny Wilson is wholeheartedly committed to getting Hickman County named a Work Ready Community. To begin the process, Judge Wilson invited local leaders to a luncheon to get them committed too.

Wilson went through the requirements of the program and assured participants that the goal was reachable with some cooperation and work.

Hickman County Schools, the system he once led as superintendent, has already begun the process of helping students obtain National Work Ready Certificates. The Certificates are one of the six criteria used as an evaluation tool. Wilson said that he anticipates that students will be able to use their certifications when competing for jobs. He explained that attendance and good behavior are key to students obtaining the certificate. Such a seemingly simple thing like faithful attendance is important to employers.

Mary Anne Medlock of the Purchase Area Development District discussed applications she has assisted with preparing. Marshall County used photographs of signs held by a wide range of community members to emphasize their commitment. The evaluating committee liked the signs so much the idea was incorporated into a list of best practices.

Medlock urged patience in going through the process. Her example was Ballard County was sure it had met all the criteria in record time. But the school had not quite finished putting finishing touches on its portion of the application. The designation was not awarded at first application. Medlock is convinced that Ballard will soon be named a "Work Ready Community."

Participants at the kick off luncheon will be asked to volunteer to serve on committees.

Wilson sent the crowd out with a warning. "If you don't call me, I'll be calling you."

Editor's Note: The state is offering help to interested communities at a Best Practices Summit on April 29th. See "More" below.


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