Hawkins County recognized at ACT Workforce Summit

Special to Citizen Tribune

Hawkins County was recognized for its workforce development achievements at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, N.C. Pictured from left: Hawkins County CTE Supervisor Brandon Williams, First Tennessee Development District Director of Workforce and Literacy Initiatives Lottie Ryans, Hawkins County Industrial Development Board Executive Secretary Rebecca Baker, an unidentified ACT representative and First Tennessee Development District Director of Special Projects Mark Stevans.

Hawkins County was recognized for its workforce development achievements over the past year at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 29, along with 48 other participating ACT Work Ready Communities.

The annual summit, which brings together experts in business, education, workforce and economic development, included the ACT Work Ready Communities Awards Ceremony and Recognition.

During the ceremony, representatives from participating ACT Work Ready Community counties and parishes received awards for becoming certified or completing a new set of goals to maintain their certification.

“We are so happy to recognize and award our Work Ready Communities at our annual convening of workforce experts,” said ACT President of Measurement, Suzana Delanghe. “These participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, which is paramount to building stronger communities and fostering business and economic growth.”

The ACT Work Ready Communities initiative empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth by identifying skills gaps and quantifying the skill level of their workforce.

Participants leverage the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate to measure and close skills gaps and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.

“It is such an honor to be able to accept this award on behalf of Hawkins County,” said Rebecca Baker, Hawkins County Industrial Development Board’s Executive Administrative Coordinator. “Hawkins County was the first county in Northeast Tennessee to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community. We could have not achieved this accomplishment without the help of our community, our employers who supported this initiative, the Hawkins County Board of Education and the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board.”

The ACT Work Ready Communities Luncheon included welcome remarks from North Carolina Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. Tennessee Department of Labor Commissioner Jeff McCord shared advice with the Work Ready Communities awardees during a keynote presentation.

The ACT Work Ready Community initiative includes 486 participating counties and parishes in 29 states.