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Bluegrass WIB training program aimed at better preparing job seekers for new careers

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In the Bluegrass region, 8,500 jobs are looking for job seekers.

The highest areas of need are manufacturing, health care, information technology, and transportation, distribution and logistics. But jobs are available in every possible field.

To help match employers with qualified employees, the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board is launching an innovative, collaborative program in Clark County that will ultimately be available throughout Central Kentucky.

Tracy Pratt-Savage

Tracy Pratt-Savage

The Academy for Continuing Careers, Education and Soft Skills was developed by the Kentucky Career Center-Bluegrass and local employers, aimed at bridging the gap between what job seekers know about the world of work and what employers expect of employees.

The first class begins Monday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m. at the BCTC campus in Winchester, 2020 Rolling Hills. Job seekers can sign up in advance at www.ckycareers.com by clicking the ACCESS link, but any job seeker who is interested can show up in time for classes on Monday and be admitted.

WIB needs both potential employers and potential employees to participate to achieve its goal of serving as the employment connector for the region.

Tracy Pratt-Savage, WIB executive chair, said employers report having too many candidates who don’t make it through the interview process.

“Potential employees can use help to improve their ability to collaborate, communicate effectively lead and network in order to succeed,” Pratt-Savage said. “With input from Bluegrass region employers, we have developed an intensive training program that will better prepare job seekers for their new careers.”

The weeklong program is free and aimed at developing career-success skills of current job seekers, including the long-term unemployed. It is only for those seriously looking for work.

“The WIB is excited about what this training means to Central Kentucky, as it clearly incorporates the board’s mission of ‘connecting employers to employees’ in a new and engaging way,” said Pratt-Savage.

To be successful, the program requires the continued support of area employers, Chambers of Commerce and Work Ready Community teams already in place, said Staci L. May of the Kentucky Career Center-Bluegrass.

The first ACCESS class is currently accepting job seekers who are actively seeking employment in the Clark County area. Candidates for the free class do not have to be residents of Clark County, but they must be willing to commit to the week-long, full-day training.

The first class begins Monday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m. at the BCTC campus in Winchester.

ACCESS provides a unique opportunity for job seekers, who may be rusty or inexperienced at effective communication, time management, and strategic thinking, says May. These are skills essential for success in today’s work environment. Armed with a newly updated resume and better interviewing skills, job seekers who complete the ACCESS training have the opportunity to receive the nationally recognized National Career Readiness Certificate.

In addition, at the end of the week they will have the opportunity to meet with employers who are hiring in their area and interview with them in a private setting reserved only for those who successfully completed the class. It’s a win-win for employers and job seekers.

ACCESS is not your typical training. Job seekers are engaged in discussions throughout the week by professionals from companies who are hiring. Those taking the class get the inside track on jobs with these companies.

The Kentucky Career Center-Bluegrass is dedicated to providing employers with a qualified, skilled workforce and job seekers with career, job training and educational opportunities. Other partners already involved in the inaugural program are Dress for Success Lexington, Clark County Community Center, Randstad, Advanced Green Companies and Leggit & Platt.

The next class will be offered in the Georgetown/Cynthiana area.


If you are an employer or a job seeker who would like to get involved in this unique, free opportunity, contact the Kentucky Career Center-Bluegrass or visit www.ckycareers.com to register or learn more.

For more information about ACCESS and the services of the Kentucky Career Center-Bluegrass, contact Jesse Moyers at 859-269-8021 or email her at jmoyers@bgadd.org.

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