WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: FROM INNOVATIVE ACT®
TRAINING TO HIGHLY SKILLED EX-MILITARY PERSONNEL
Geary County is a leader in workforce development. We were the fourth county in Kansas to initiate certification as an ACT® Work Ready Community. It’s a process that will significantly enhance our ability to prepare workers for the specific job demands of local companies. Today, Cloud County Community College provides learning and training opportunities defined by rigorous and ongoing assessment. Barton Community College offers classes in education enhancement, leader skills enhancement and online learning.
The Junction City Workforce Center helps employers find skilled workers and helps career seekers access the tools they need to find and manage careers through high quality information and services.
INNOVATIVE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Geary County is currently seeking certification as an ACT® Work Ready Community. This is a voluntary initiative guided by local community partners. By utilizing the National Career Readiness Certificate NCRC, Geary County will be able to attract, retain, and develop a workforce with the education and foundational skills to succeed in the 21st century.
Strengthening our local workforce will enable Geary County to prosper and grow.
What is the Certified Work Ready Communities Initiative?
• Links workforce development to education
• Aligns with the economic development needs of communities, regions and states
• Matches individuals to jobs based on skill level
What are the benefits?
• Strengthen and grow businesses
• Foster economic competitiveness
• Close skill gaps by qualifying our workforce through career readiness certification
Hire the best. Hire work ready employees.
Certified work ready communities helps you match employees to jobs. Based on verified skill levels it can be tough finding just the right employee. Take the guesswork out of finding workers with the right skill set by participating in the certified work ready communities (CWRC) initiative powered by the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™). CWRC offers a suite of assessments and certifications that measure an individual’s foundational workplace skills such as math, reading and locating information – skills required for a majority of today’s jobs.
HIRING HIGHLY SKILLED EX-MILITARY PERSONNEL
The “hidden diamond” in our workforce is the large number of military personnel who leave active service every year. These men and women from Fort Riley are highly trained and primed for good jobs; many settle right here in Junction City - Geary County. Employers across the nation are becoming aware of the unique strengths former military personnel can bring with them to a civilian job. If you are a business or corporation considering Junction City - Geary County as home, please consider hiring a recent veteran that will bring four unique traits to any work place.
1. Understands Loyalty to the Team
Military personnel bring with them an intrinsic understanding of how loyalty adds to team proficiency and builds trust in a work environment. For business leaders looking to make a thoughtful long-term investment in an employee, military personnel often outperform other candidates as proven team players.
2. Reliable Work Ethic
For employers looking to hire a mature professional with a strong work ethic, a military-trained candidate should receive serious consideration.
3. Motivated for Productivity
Military personnel have been trained to work toward efficiency, ask for guidance when needed, and exercise self-discipline in professional settings. Hiring managers actively building a corporate culture of increased productivity and strong motivation would be wise to consider military candidates not only for their hard skills, but also for the soft skills they bring with them to civilian business settings.
4. Invaluable Communication Skills
Many military personnel not only speak more than one language, but also have traveled the world extensively and understand the nuances of international communication. Trained in effective writing and professional communications, military personnel know that being successful in today's world means being able to communicate accurately and efficiently with constituents from all walks of life.