Brookfield, MO – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently joined local business, education and community leaders at Linn County Area Career & Technical Center to congratulate Linn County for being designated as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). Linn County’s successful efforts to strengthen its workforce training program and certify its emerging and current workers helps attract and support growing companies by connecting them with a pipeline of talent.
The Governor also announced that local companies Brookfield Fabricating Corp. (BFC) and National Excelsior Company, both major steel manufacturers and supporters of the CWRC initiative, have plans to expand their presence in Brookfield and create dozens jobs in the area.
“Linn County is a community that understands the importance of its workforce, and its designation as a Certified Work Ready Community lets employers know that the folks here have the skills and talent companies are looking for,” Gov. Nixon said. “Already, this effort is paying off with two local manufacturers announcing significant new investments and new jobs in the area. Congratulations to everyone in Linn County for making these accomplishments possible.”
In 2012, Missouri was selected as one of the first four states to participate in the Certified Work Ready Communities initiative by American College Testing (ACT). The initiative aligns workforce training programs with the economic development needs of communities; matches appropriate applicants to jobs based on skill level; and strengthens businesses by strengthening the workforce. Jasper County, Missouri was named the first Certified Work Ready Community in the nation, and Missouri has 62 counties that are actively participating in the Certified Work Ready Community initiative.