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Henry County Public Schools recognized for workforce development achievements

Mike Minter, Career Academy administrator, accepted the Maintained award from Suzana Delanghe on behalf of HCPS at the ACT Workforce Summit.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Henry County Public Schools was recognized for its workforce development achievements over the past year.

They were awarded at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, October 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 (ACT WorkKeys NCRC) to measure and close skills gaps and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.

“Our Career and Technical Education programs in each secondary school and at our Career Academy are part of a long-standing tradition of workforce development in Henry County,” said HCPS superintendent Sandy Strayer. “We are honored to be recognized for the work we are doing to prepare our students for the future.”

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.

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