Monday, May 15, 2017

Mesa County is a Certified Work Ready Community

Today, the Mesa County Commissioners recognized the efforts and success of the Mesa County Workforce Center and other economic development partners for leading our community to be the first Work Ready Community in the state of Colorado.

County Commissioners declare Mesa County as a Certified Work Ready Community and call upon all residents to recognize the Mesa County Workforce Center for their vital role in the economic development of Mesa County.

As a WRC Mesa County is finding and filling skill gaps and quantifying the skill level of the valley’s workforce. The Mesa County Workforce Center has achieved this through the use of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) which offers to:

• Help employers attract the most qualified applicants for their open positions

• Reduce the cost of onboarding new employees, while reducing turnover

• Create career pathways to help inform students of growing industries

• Identify Mesa County’s skilled labor force and market that to new potential employers

• Help shrink Mesa County’s skills gaps

• Allows Mesa County job seekers the ability to use the NCRC as a stackable credential in most industries

Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart accepts the Work Ready Community Initiative proclamation in public hearing.
“This Initiative has finally given us an objective tool to map our skilled workforce.  We also have 124 Mesa County businesses participating as a Work Ready Community Partner, Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart said. "This has been a huge community effort that should pay economic dividends in making Mesa County more attractive to businesses thinking to relocate and for current businesses that are looking to be more efficient in their hiring process.”

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