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In January of 2014, the GED test changed and the costs went up from $60 to $120. However, for a limited time and effective immediately, the costs for the entire test battery will be $40. Once this promotion time ends, JCTC Trimble Co. Adult Edu-cation knew that $120 would be difficult for many students to acquire. Thanks to the generosity of the Trimble County Community, JCTC TC AE will offer one lucky student the opportunity to take the GED tests for free (a $120 value)! Minimum requirements must be met to get your name in the drawing that will be held at JCTC TC AE on Oct. 13, 2014, at 3 p.m. Come in now to ensure your chances of getting your name in the drawing. For more information, call 502-255-9191.
TRIMBLE CO. WORK READY COMMUNITY  
Let’s show potential industry that Trimble County is a viable community to bring in new businesses! Our goal as the Work Ready Community (WRC) Committee is to do just that—help promote Trimble County by producing a highly skilled workforce. In order to become a WRC, Trimble County must meet 4 of 5 criteria.  
The criteria to become a WRC are as follows: Graduation Rate—we need to improve from 74.6 percent to 82.32 percent; National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) attainments for ages 18-64—This certificate can help individuals get a better job—we are at 3.92 percent and need to go to 15 percent; Educational Attainment for ages 18-64—this is the number of people acquiring an Associate’s Degree or higher—Trimble has 21.9 percent and we need to improve to 25 percent; Soft Skills Program—we need to offer programs to improve work skills, ethics, resume, etc.; and Broadband Availability Rate—we do not need to improve in this category.  
Our community has many programs in place and in planning to help raise these numbers in each of the four needed criteria. Our WRC Committee has been meeting regularly to work on the plan to improve upon the four categories needed. Many have rallied to this effort; including school officials, elected officials, local business people, and community members! However, we could use more help! More ideas can be generated if we have more people to brainstorm. The meetings are very informal, about once a month, and last only about an hour. The next meeting is Monday, July 28, 2014, 6 p.m., at the Trimble County Public Library. For more information or to join this great effort, please call 502-255-9191.
Columnist Lisa Moore is a Program Specialist with JCTC Trimble County Adult Education.