Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall has announced plans to extend the KCTCS Career Transitions initiative, a program that provides career training to Kentuckians who have lost their jobs.
The KCTCS initiative began in March 2009 and will now be extended through the 2010 spring term. It is being offered through the KCTCS statewide system of 16 colleges and features a 50 percent tuition scholarship for up to six credit hours per term in open enrollment courses.
The initiative also offers each displaced Kentucky worker with personalized assistance to help navigate the college admissions process. Students who are part of the program are provided with a streamlined admissions process, assistance in filing for state and federal financial aid, and advising and training sessions to maximize the opportunity for successful re-employment.
Kentucky’s unemployment rate for November 2009 (the most recent figure available) was 10.6, which was down from 11.2 in October 2009 but considerably higher than November 2008, in which the unemployment rate for the state was 7 percent.
Kentucky residents who have become unemployed and who have filed for unemployment benefits since Oct. 1, 2008 are eligible for the Career Transitions program.