Bryan County is Work Ready

Bryan County Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Burnsed welcomed business and civic leaders to celebrate Bryan County’s Work Ready Certification.

SAVANNAH – Business and civic leaders from Bryan County gathered this morning to celebrate the County’s official designation as a Work Ready Community of Excellence, indicating that Bryan County has a skilled workforce, ready to meet the needs of business demands, and prepared to drive economic growth with new jobs and new businesses, as well as the educational foundation to build a pipeline of workers ready to create ongoing business success.

Georgia Work Ready is administered through the Technical College System of Georgia. “Workforce development is at the core of everything we do at Savannah Tech,” said Savannah Technical College President Kathy S. Love. “This hard-earned designation demonstrates Bryan County has the trained workforce that businesses demand with the talent to staff existing jobs and the skills to master innovative technologies new jobs will require in the future. By taking part in this effort during the past three years, Bryan County is transforming its economy, while developing a competitive advantage to attract new businesses and jobs.”

Chairman of the Bryan County Commissioners Jimmy Burnsed said: “We are extremely pleased and proud that Bryan County has officially been named a Certified Work Ready Community. This designation will be important to those companies looking to locate in our county.”

Bryan County earned 574 Work Ready Certificates, which is more than double its goal, and increased its high school graduation rate from 83.3% to 84.2%. Seniors at both high schools are Work Ready assessed and have demonstrated high levels of success with more than 215 students earning a certificate to date.

“Bryan County Schools seeks to prepare our students with as many skills possible to help ensure that they are prepared to be successful in all of their future endeavors,” said Chairman of the Bryan County Board of Education Eddie Warren. “By providing and encouraging new opportunities for our students, to acquire marketable skills, we help to ensure they have the ability to compete with other students for education and employment opportunities.”

The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, represented by Work Ready Communities Outreach Manager Cecelia Buckner, was created by Governor Sonny Perdue in August 2006 to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia’s workforce and drive future economic growth for the state. The office administers Work Ready, a voluntary workforce assessment system measuring “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success.

“Recognition by the state as being Work Ready is extremely good news for Bryan County,” said Chairman of the Development Authority of Bryan County Steve Croy. “This achievement will be an important driver in marketing potential business and enable us to be considered an excellent location with a skilled and capable workforce.”

Bryan County joins Effingham and Liberty counties, which were certified Work Ready in June 2011.

“I am excited that Bryan County has achieved this designation as Certified Work Ready,” said North Bryan Chamber of Commerce President and Pembroke Mayor-Elect Mary Warnell. “Being Work Ready will open doors for us as we strive to bring jobs to our community and students who receive their certificates will have a jump start on knowing the skills they can market during their job search.”


Members of the Bryan County Work Ready Leadership Team include:

  • Mary Warnell – President, North Bryan Chamber of Commerce
  • Gwen Strickland – Project Manager, Development Authority of Bryan County
  • Brad Anderson – Assistant Superintendent, Bryan County Public School System
  • Brian Davis – Manager, Savannah DOL Career Center
  • Ken Boyd – Vice President of Economic Development, Savannah Technical College

For information call the WORK READY HOTLINE at 912.443.3014 or visit:



Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (