Work Ready Communities


Kentucky’s communities are stepping up to the plate when it comes to demonstrating the quality of their workforce. The state’s Work Ready Communities program – the most rigorous workforce certification program in the nation – is inspiring meaningful dialogue and action by community, education, government and business leaders across the Commonwealth. With half of Kentucky’s counties already certified as either Work Ready or Work Ready in Progress, and the remainder of the state’s counties in some stage of the journey, Kentucky is proving workforce preparedness isn’t just lip service.

The Work Ready Communities program requires communities to meet criteria in six key areas that are critical to producing a productive workforce. Criteria includes high school graduation rates, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, community commitment, educational attainment, soft skills and Internet availability.

Learn More About Work Ready Communities

View the current map of Work Ready Communities

Phone: (502) 564-7140
Email: ced.bsscgrp@ky.gov

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601