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Parson visits to celebrate work program

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Gov. Mike Parson helped Laclede County celebrate becoming a certified Work Ready Community with a visit to Lebanon Friday.

Parson spoke at the Cowan Civic Center Theatre, recognizing Laclede County on receiving the certification. The county has achieved all of the goals set to join the program. Brian Thompson, CEO of Lebanon Regional Economic Development Inc., said this is an important initiative.

“It shows that our employers are supporting both people that are investing in themselves and likewise the workforce is investing in itself by doing something to get an additional credential or certification,” Thompson said.

Thompson and Parson concluded the ceremony by presenting a resolution recognizing Laclede County’s becoming a certified Work Ready Community.

In Laclede County, 250 current members of the workforce have completed the National Career Readiness Certificate exams and 347 members of the emerging workforce have completed the National Career Readiness Certificate exam process, most of them high school juniors and seniors from Lebanon Technology & Career Center.

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