Months of hard work culminated in a county-wide celebration on Thursday, January 26, 2017, when the Career and Technical Education Department of Iredell-Statesville Schools, Mitchell Community College, cooperating businesses, community leaders, and elected officials came together at the Unity Center to celebrate the announcement that Iredell County attained the status of an ACT Work Ready Community in December 2016.
For a county to achieve Work Ready Community status, it means they must have in place a robust, public-private partnership driven approach to link education to workforce development, align with economic development and match people to jobs. The speakers at the event echoed the mission of Work Ready Community status. Speaker Lew Ebert, President and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce said, “Iredell is one of 25 counties in North Carolina that has achieved this status. When employers are looking to locate their business, this county will stand out.” Chairman James Mallory, Iredell County Board of Commissioners, responded to the speakers by stating, “Thank you for this recognition and we will live up to it.”
JoAnne Honeycutt, Career and Technical Education Director for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, gave the community their next steps by stating, “This is quite an accomplishment to bring all these partners together, but being certified is just the beginning. Next steps are to build upon this foundation and further strengthen the workforce development efforts through maintaining ACT Work Ready Community efforts.”