Area high schools awarded work ready grants

Press Release 

More Than 30 Schools Gain Access to Valuable Work Ready Training Tools

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced 31 high schools throughout the state have been awarded Georgia Work Ready training grants that provide three-year access to the initiative's skills gap training software, which help students improve their Work Ready Certificate levels.

The funding was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide each school $5,000 of software.

"A Work Ready Certificate shows an individual has the core job skills needed for success today and in the future," said Governor Perdue. "The Work Ready skills gap training software can help students improve their performance not only on the Work Ready assessment, but also on the graduation test, assist in improving our high school graduation rates and provide students with a better understanding of the skills employers look for in a successful employee."

Georgia's Work Ready initiative is based on a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses. By identifying both the needs of business and the available skills of Georgia's workforce, the state can more effectively generate the right talent for the right jobs.

Each school has agreed to provide the Work Ready assessment to at least 50 percent of its senior class each year for three years and will incorporate the training tools in its curriculum to ensure all interested students at all grade levels have the opportunity access it.
The schools awarded the Work Ready training grants include:

  • Alcovy High School
  • Atkinson County High School
  • Bacon County High School
  • Banks County High School
  • Callaway High School
  • Cedar Grove High School
  • Coffee High School
  • Columbia High School
  • Cook County High School
  • Cross Keys High School
  • Fitzgerald High School
  • Hapeville Charter Career Academy
  • Hawkinsville High School
  • Houston County CAT Center
  • Houston County Crossroads Center
  • Houston County High School
  • Irwin County High School
  • LaGrange High School
  • Lithonia High School
  • McNair High School
  • Northside High School
  • Perry High School
  • Redan High School
  • Stephenson High School
  • Stone Mountain High School
  • Southwest DeKalb High School
  • Towers High School
  • Troup High School
  • Veterans High School
  • Warner Robins High School
  • Wilcox County High School

For more information on the Work Ready initiative please visit the Web site at