Part of 100 million workforce bond program
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2016) — The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 24 projects for potential first-round funding.
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.
The 10-member committee met for more than 22 hours over the course of two days (Wednesday and Thursday) this week in Frankfort, conducting interviews with 31 applicants and reviewing site visit reports from an additional 10 applicants (who requested less than $1 million for non-construction projects).
- Allen County Career & Technical Center
- Barren County Board of Education
- Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Danville
- Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Leestown
- Boone County Schools
- Bowling Green High School
- Brighton Center, Inc.
- Caldwell County Schools
- Corbin Independent Schools
- Green County Board of Education
- Hazard Community & Technical College
- Jefferson Community & Technical College
- Jessamine County Schools
- KCEOC Community Action Partnership
- KY Tech – Warren County Area Technology Center
- Lee County Area Technology Center
- Martin County Area Technology Center
- MMRC Regional Industrial Development Authority / Maysville CTC
- Owensboro Community & Technical College
- Paducah Public Schools
- Shelby County Schools
- Somerset Community College
- Southcentral Community & Technical College
- West Kentucky Community & Technical College
The committee requested that Education and Workforce Development Cabinet staff contact each finalist to ascertain additional project details and to discuss budget specifics, in an effort to maximize the funding impact across Kentucky.
In January, the committee will examine this new information, with plans to award up to $65 million. They will reserve at least $35 million for a second funding round in 2017.