ORANGEBURG — Gov. Nikki Haley announced last week that the application and guidelines are available for counties that want to participate in the South Carolina Work Ready Communities initiative.

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Go to to see the application and guidelines.A video of the announcement made at the Zeus extrusion polymers plant along Interstate 26 in Orangeburg is available here:

South Carolina was one of four states selected by ACT to participate in its Work Ready program, which is a measure of the quality of a county’s workforce, a release said.

Counties must meet goals for high school graduation, soft skills development, business support and National Career Readiness Certificate holders to qualify.

“We’re participating in the ... initiative because this program offers a nationally recognized and respected credential that shows businesses that South Carolina has the workforce and expertise that they need in order to grow,” Haley said.