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Gov. Nikki Haley announces application guidelines for S.C. Work Ready
web posted November 27, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley
today announced that the application and guidelines are now available
for counties that want to participate in the South Carolina Work Ready
Developed by ACT, a Work Ready Community is a measure of the quality of
a county’s workforce. South Carolina was one of four pilot states
selected by ACT to participate in the ACT Certified Work Ready
Community program. The South Carolina initiative certifies the quality
of the workforce based on four criteria. Counties must meet goals for
high school graduation, soft skills development, business support, and
National Career Readiness Certificate holders.
“My top priority as governor is jobs for South Carolinians,” said Gov.
Haley. “We’re participating in the Certified Work Ready Communities
initiative because this program offers a nationally recognized and
respected credential that shows businesses that South Carolina has the
workforce and expertise that they need in order to grow.”
Today’s announcement was made at Zeus, a global leader in material
science and high-performance polymer extrusions located in Orangeburg
that supports WorkKeys, a pre-employment test for documenting and
improving the basic math and reading skills of workers. All new
manufacturing professionals at Zeus must take WorkKeys and score
proficient to be eligible to work at the specialty tubing manufacturer.
“Zeus believes strongly in ensuring and improving the work skills of
all its employees,” said Zeus Chief Executive Officer John M. Worley,
Jr. “WorkKeys is not just a good business practice; it also gives our
employees a sense of pride about the work they perform and helps to
improve the overall quality of the workforce in South Carolina.”
“Having a qualified and skilled workforce is the backbone for economic
prosperity,” said Lewis F. Gossett, President and CEO of the South
Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. “Through this cooperative local
approach that aligns economic development, education, and workforce
development, South Carolina will be able to demonstrate we have a ready
workforce that can be competitive. More than any other factor, future
manufacturing jobs will depend on this and other workforce development
The application and guidelines are available at www.scworkready.org.
Headquartered in Orangeburg, Zeus is a world leader in material science
and the production of high-performance polymer tubing; employing more
than 1,200 people worldwide with South Carolina facilities in
Orangeburg, Gaston and Aiken. The company also has sites in New Jersey
and internationally. Zeus products and services are preferred by
companies in medical, automotive, electrical, fluid handling,
aerospace, and mechanical markets. For more information about
Zeus visit www.zeusinc.com.
the event, including remarks by the governor, is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYjwUVwsyGw
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