Scholarships help with tuition and education costs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 9, 2015) — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced $2 million in training scholarships to help unemployed and underemployed residents in the KentuckianaWorks’ seven-county region gain education and skills that will prepare them for high-demand, higher-wages occupations.
The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) funds, released by the KentuckianaWorks Board, is earmarked for new training and support activities.
Training scholarships provide up to $4,000 a year for education/training tuition and $600 a year for supportive costs for items such as uniforms, tools and books. Eligible recipients can get the scholarships for up to two years.
The KentuckianaWorks Board identified 50 high-demand occupations based on an analysis of data from EMSI Analyst and Burning Glass/Labor Insight. Salaries for the occupations range from $12.61 an hour for installation, maintenance and repair workers to $31.17 an hour for software developers.
The 50 occupations are in five industry sectors:
- Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Trades
- Business Services
- Information Technology
Interested participants need to attend an orientation session at any Kentucky Career Center in the KentuckianaWorks’ region to find out if they qualify for the training scholarships.