FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) Deputy Secretary Josh Benton joined officials from Dataseam of Louisville in Whitley County today to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program.
This two-year Registered Apprenticeship will serve as a pipeline to space science, state/local government, banking and ﬁnancial services. Through this paid apprenticeship opportunity, students will work alongside experienced professionals to maintain, configure, install, repair and troubleshoot computer, network and software at their school.
“The announcement of a new information technology Registered Apprenticeship program represents how community leaders are coming together to prepare Kentucky workers for today’s economy,” said Deputy Secretary Benton. “We commend Dataseam and Whitley County Schools for embracing the overwhelming impact that apprenticeships provide toward local workforce development and look forward to the success that this initiative will bring to the region.”
Founded in 2004, Dataseam provides industry certifications and technical support to help school IT professionals utilize education technology. The company collaborates with 38 school districts across Kentucky to manage one of the world’s largest computing clouds for research.
“We are eager to add this IT Apprenticeship aspect to the existing statewide Dataseam ecosystem,” said Dataseam CEO Brian Gupton. “Growing this segment of the Commonwealth’s future workforce helps to facilitate additional next-generation opportunity for more Kentuckians. Dataseam is proud of the partnerships working together to be a part of the solution.”
“Through this program, students will receive practical instruction, hands-on experience, and mentoring. They will experience available career options in the field of Information Technology,” said Whitley County Superintendent John Siler. “Dataseam will supply our district with over $15,000 of computers to benefit all students. I am so appreciative of this opportunity to collaborate with Dataseam to increase opportunities for our students to gain real-life, hands-on experience leading to certifications and college credit for them while they are still in high school.”
The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet acts as the governing body for Registered Apprenticeships in Kentucky and provides technical and consultative services to employers. The “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” campaign was launched in 2016 to signal the cabinet’s commitment to strengthening and growing Registered Apprenticeships across the Commonwealth. For more information, visit https://educationcabinet.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
For more information on how to get involved with this apprenticeship program, visit http://www.kydataseam.com/.