Under the leadership of Mayor Bennie McGuire and Margaret Prater, Vice President for Workforce Development for the Northwest TN Workforce Board, Obion County achieved certification as an ACT® Work Ready Community (WRC) in the fall of 2015, and was recognized at the at the 2016 ACT® Workforce Symposium in Nashville, TN. ACT WRC is a workforce system designed to assist sites and regions in developing their workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers.
The framework allows each participating community to quantify and improve the skill levels of its workforce through a standardized workforce skill credential, the National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC), and a robust data infrastructure that helps measure, identify, and close existing skill gaps. To date, the initiative, supported by the staff of the American Job Center in Union City, two area high schools, thirty-two local employers, various economic and community agencies, and funding from the Delta Regional Authority, United States Department of Agriculture, and TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development, has resulted in Obion County residents earning 1,180 NCRCs. Obion County has also attained 86% of its maintenance goals, well in advance of the December 2017 deadline.
Pictured left to right: Margaret Prater, Vice President for Workforce Development for the Northwest TN Workforce Board; Benny McGuire, Obion County Mayor; Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County JEDC