Work Ready Skills Committee Narrows List to 21 Projects

Apr 21, 2017

Credit State Collaborative on Reforming Education

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the Commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 21 projects for continued consideration for second-round funding. The committee plans to award about $34 million in the second round.

The 10-member committee met today to review 41 applications that requested a total of more than $165 million. The projects include construction and renovation of facilities and the purchase of new equipment aimed at providing workforce training and education in Kentucky’s top five growth sectors of advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, business services and information technology, healthcare, and construction trades.

The committee is scheduled to reconvene in May to interview the 21 applicants that have requested nearly $77 million for projects.

“We continue to see strong applications from across Kentucky in the second round as communities strive to improve their workforce,” said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner, who chairs the committee. “The Work Ready Skills Initiative has created a lot of excitement among employers, educators, community leaders and elected officials that want their communities to be leaders in the high-demand technology jobs of the future.”

Launched in July 2016, the Work Ready Skills Initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. On Jan. 31, the committee awarded about $65.5 million to 25 projects in the first round of funding.

The following projects from across Kentucky are still under consideration for the second round of funding:

Adair County Board of Education    

Big Sandy Community & Technical College

Breckinridge County Area Technology Center        

Christian County Public Schools     

Estill County Board of Education    

Frankfort Independent Schools        

Freestore Foodbank  

Garrard County Schools       

Gateway Community & Technical College 

Green River/Hart County & Caverna Schools         

Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky 

Johnson County Schools (GREATT)

Kenton County Schools        

Logan County Schools         

Mason County Schools         

McCracken County Public Schools 

Ohio County Work Ready Committee         

Russell County Board of Education 

Taylor County School District         

University of the Cumberlands        

Washington County Schools

For more information about the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative, please visit: http://www.KentuckyWorkReady.com

(story provided by Kentucky Education Cabinet)