FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 24, 2017) — Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner today unveiled an outreach campaign aimed at educating Kentuckians about the numerous job openings in the state and the short-term certification programs available to put citizens on a fast path to obtaining these jobs.
Help Wanted Kentucky is a response to an increasing demand for skilled workers in five high-demand industries across Kentucky:
The Help Wanted Kentucky campaign will highlight the occupations in each of the five industries and the certifications necessary to obtain these jobs. Kentuckians can text “JOBSKY” to 66186 for information about the program to be sent to a mobile phone. Kentuckians who wish to pursue these certifications and jobs are eligible for tuition-free certifications through the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS).
“Kentucky businesses need everything from automotive technicians to medical assistants to carpenters and welders right now,” said Heiner. “These are all great, high-paying jobs. While these jobs don’t require a four-year or a two-year degree, they do require some level of training beyond a high school diploma.”
Gov. Matt Bevin encouraged citizens to take advantage of the scholarship funds in a video message released in coordination with Wednesday’s announcement.
“Companies across the commonwealth are seeking skilled employees, and we want to put Kentucky to work,” said Bevin. “HelpWantedKY.com is an opportunity for adults in Kentucky, regardless of age, to obtain a job that pays well and is in high demand. If you qualify for a Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, you can receive tuition-free training for up to 32 credit hours. These certifications will immediately open doors to a wide array of promising career fields.”
To be eligible for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, Kentucky citizens must have not previously obtained an associate’s degree or higher. Once the student has enrolled at a participating WRKS school, and applied for federal and state financial aid, they can apply for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship. The credits received are “stackable” towards an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree if the student wishes to pursue them.