Beaufort County has exceeded its goals to achieve designation as a “Work Ready Community”. On April 28, officials from the North Carolina Chamber Foundation presented the certification to county officials. The process to get designated has been a two-year collaboration between Beaufort County Schools, Beaufort County Community College, the Washington-Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, the Committee of 100 and local industries.

To achieve WRC designation, a county must have a high school graduation rate over 94 percent, a certain number of residents who are certified as “career-ready” and commitments from area businesses. The county has already exceeded those goals, recruiting 62 businesses and certifying 1,838 residents. Beaufort County had to enroll 61 businesses and 1,000 residents. Being a Work Ready Community means that Beaufort County will have a steady pool of employees with a basic level of professional development and employers who will give preference to employees who are certified. This standard means that agencies and businesses that are hiring can expect a certain level of talent from applicants. It also helps attract new businesses to the county with the guarantee of a trained workforce.

What does this mean to you, the employer? A better trained workforce that will bring growth to our communities and our county. Applicants that can provide you proof, through the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) that they are skilled and ready to work! Beaufort County's goal is to have a minimum of 61 employers support this initiative. If you are an employer and would like to support this effort, please complete the employer sign-up form (click to download and print) and forward to Lou Stout, Director of Workforce Initiatives at Beaufort County Community College. You can fax the form to Lou at 252-940-6254 or email her at

For job seekers, the NCRC provides you with a portable nationally recognized credential that allows you to provide employers written documentation of your employability skill sets. If you are a job seeker and wish to earn your NCRC, you may contact Lou Stout at 252-940-6307 or by email at Her office is located in room 804 of building 8. You may also visit the Career Readiness Certificate page on the Continuing Education website.

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