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Kentucky community colleges awarded $10 million

Hazard Community and Technical College gets $5.5 million

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) — The U.S. Department of Labor awarded six Kentucky community colleges $10 million to support job-driven training programs.

laborThe awards are part of a $450 million grant program the Obama administration announced Monday to help 270 colleges partner with employers on job training.

Hazard Community and Technical College received $5.5 million. Also receiving money were Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Somerset Community College, Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College and West Kentucky Community & Technical College.

Several of the schools are located in the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) area, where economic development, job training and education are a key focus. Hundreds of SOAR-area workers may benefit from the new training for high-demand technology jobs.

“The timing of this funding is critical for southern and Eastern Kentucky, where we are working diligently to rebound from a devastating loss of jobs in the coalfields and diversify our economy,” said Congressman Hal Rogers, co-chair of the SOAR initiative. “As we revitalize our region, we are looking for direct partnerships like this, that team up our educational institutions with growing workforce demands. I applaud the U.S. Department of Labor for investing in this project, allowing unemployed individuals earn credentials faster and cheaper for a successful transition into good-paying jobs.”