Thursday, September 26, 2019

Kick-off for the Harrison County, MS ACT Work Ready Initiative

Business leaders, agencies, and educators will attend to learn how the ACT WorkKeys® assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace—skills found to be most essential across industries and occupations. According to the website workreadycommunities.org, “Nationally 82% of businesses use NCRC® as a part of their hiring processes.”

The ACT WorkKeys® testing will be administered to emerging workforce (high school, college, recent graduate), transitioning workforce (job-seekers, adult education, recent veterans), and current workforce. Business involvement is essential and companies and organizations are asked to recommend and/or recognize the NCRC®.

The Initiative was approved through a resolution in late summer of 2018 by the Harrison County Board of Supervisors (BOS) and is a collaborative effort between the BOS, Core Team (Harrison County Development Commission, Port of Gulfport, and Gulfport High School) , and Leadership Team. The goal is to achieve certification in one year with the result that all three coastal counties will be ACT WorkReady Certified. Executive Director Bill Lavers with the Harrison County Development Commission is enthusiastic about the Harrison County, MS ACT WorkReady Initiative and says, “So who wins? Employers, job-seekers, educators, economic developers, and most importantly, our community.”

 

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About Harrison County Development Commission

Harrison County Development Commission is the lead economic development agency for the county and provides growth opportunities for new companies, expanding companies and entrepreneurs by delivering high quality services and sites to local, regional, national and international businesses.

For more information, visit www.mscoast.org.

Harrison County Development Commission
12281 Intraplex Parkway
Gulfport, MS 39503
228.896.5020

Frank Castiglia, Jr.

Frank Castiglia, Jr.

President
Appointed by City of Long Beach
Jimmy Levens

Jimmy Levens

Vice President
JLB Construction, LLC
Appointed by Harrison County, District 3
Jennifer Burke

Jennifer Burke

Treasurer
Appointed by City of Pass Christian
Frank Bordeaux

Frank W. Bordeaux

Secretary
BXS Insurance
Appointed by Harrison County, District 2
Sharon Bentz Mustered

Sharon Bentz Mustered

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
Warren Conway

Warren Conway

Conway Attorney at Law
Appointed by Harrison County, District 4
Rip Daniels

Rip Daniels

Appointed by Harrison County, District 1
Brian Gollott

Brian Gollott

Gollott & Sons Seafood, Inc.
Appointed by City of D’Iberville
M Leonard

Michael Leonard

City of Biloxi
Appointed by City of Biloxi
Mark Schloegel

Mark Schloegel

Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
John "Shorty" Sneed

John “Shorty” Sneed

Appointed by City of Gulfport
Windy Swetman

Windy Swetman

Commissioner
Swetman Security Service
Appointed by Harrison County, District 5
Bill Lavers

Bill Lavers

Executive Director
Gia Blackwell

Gia Blackwell

Director, Utility Operations
Marcia A. Crawford

Marcia A. Crawford

Director, Marketing & Relocation
Lori Frazier

Lori Frazier

Director of Finance
Brandi Hough

Brandi Hough

Director, Business Development
M McGraw

Michelle McGraw

Relationship Manager
Derek D

Derek Duckworth

Utility Technician
K Steele

Kevin Steele

Utility Technician
Barbara Rominger

Barbara Rominger

Accountant