Business owners, what do you know about our efforts to be a Work Ready Community? Work Ready Communities (WRC) from ACT (the testing organization) is a framework for community-based workforce development designed to drive economic growth.  Regions improve their workforce and use quality criteria to compete for location consultants, investors and other decision-makers using data powered by the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) More than 21,000 employers support NCRC nationwide. 
  Work Ready Communities get certified by meeting workforce and employer support goals established by ACT’s equitable criteria.  Each goal category can be tracked extensively to provide additional competitive information:
Emerging Workforce: High School junior, senior, or recent graduate; college student or recent graduate
Current Workforce:  Currently employed by public, private, or non-profit organizations or currently employed in government
Transitioning Workforce: Currently unemployed; GED or Adult ED participant; current or recent active-duty military
Supporting Employers:  Endorsements of employers that recognize or recommend NCRC for hiring or promotion.
  The first Anderson County Work Ready Community Task Force meeting was held on August 22, 2019 and the Task Force members “launched” in Anderson County on October 15.  The Anderson County goals were set up by the Work Ready Community staff and these goals must be met two years after we launch our program. 
  As a business owner, if you are interested in learning more about becoming part of this organization, and encouraging our youth to find employment locally please contact Director of  Economic Development, Julie Turnipseed, at City Hall and visit this link to learn more information www.workready


ACDA - Leading the way in Workforce Development

Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce, Garnett Chamber

  The Anderson County ACT WorkReady Community Committee is hosting a Career Fair at the Anderson County Fair during Merchants Tent Night, Wednesday, July 28th. There will be a “Passport with Prizes” where participants will be given a passport to carry to the Career Fair/Employer’s booths. The passports will ultimately be included in a random prize drawing for $150, $100 and $50 in Chamber Bucks. The Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the $100 Chamber Bucks prize.
  Anderson County employers can sign up to participate by contacting Julie Turnipseed, ACDA Execu-tive Director, no later than July 21st at 785.504.4265; email: There is no fee to participate or to set up a booth.
  This event encourages the connection of job seekers to promising positions within the local area in which to gain employment


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ACDA Office - Inside City Hall

Garnett City Hall

131 West 5th Avenue, P.O. Box H

Garnett, Kansas  66032 USA

Simply...Garnett, Kansas

Anderson County, Kansas is one of several counties that has been chosen to receive a monthly stop from the newest Mobile Workforce Center in Kansas.  The Mobile Workforce Center will stop in Garnett on the third Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and will be located at 109 South Oak Street, in front of the Anderson County Annex on the East side of Oak Street.  The first visit to Anderson County will be on Wednesday, February 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 
  The 38-foot Mobile Workforce Center includes 6 Internet-ready computer stations to assist job candidates and employers, an interactive SMART Board for presentations inside the Center and a high-definition TV, external speakers for presentations outside the Center as well as an internal public address system.
  KANSASWORKS personnel accompany the Mobile Center and are available to provide the WorkKeys Testing, career counseling and resume building assistance.  The Mobile Workforce Center can also be used throughout the state for job fairs, career development workshops, tutorials, skills training and other employment services.  An appointment for career services is not required however if you plan to take the WorkKeys tests an appointment would be required.

Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for the services or testing provided by the Mobile Workforce Center.

For more information you may contact locally Julie Turnipseed with ACDA  at 785-448-5496x5 or .  Cheryl White with Kansas Department of Commerce at 785-235-1622 or  may also be contacted.

Director of Economic Development