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In Northwest Kentucky we know that preparing our people through rigorous education, continuous training, and diverse opportunities enriches the lives of our citizens, enhances our employers and makes this region a great place to call home.

Northwest Kentucky is pleased to offer some of the best public and private schools in the state. In elementary, middle school, high school and even at the college level, our educational offerings are second to none.


Certified Work Ready

The certification program from the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.

To become certified, communities must gather local support and commitment and apply for the Work Ready Community designation. Counties have to meet criteria in six areas including high school graduation rate, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, demonstrated community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development and digital literacy.

Work Ready & Work Ready in Progress update: Henderson County received Certified Work Ready in June and Union County received Certified Work Ready Community in Progress in September. Webster County and McLean County continue to work on Work Ready In Progress Certification.

For more information about the Work Ready Communities program, go to