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Commerce Department awards $2.5 million to KCTCS to bolster manufacturing training in Eastern Ky.

The United States Department of Commerce has announced a $2.5 million grant to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System from the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).

According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 261 jobs.

“The Trump Administration is committed to ensuring that American workers are provided every opportunity to succeed,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These improvements to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will help workers gain the skills to compete at the global level.”

This project is funded under the 2018 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2108) program. EDA award funds through ACC 2018 on a competitive basis to aid communities severely impacted by the declining use of coal by supporting activities and programs which fuel economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development, and re-employment opportunities.

“Kentucky’s workforce has incredible potential, and I am pleased to see this new investment for our future,” said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “By partnering with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, we can help individuals gain the skills they need for a 21st century economy. As Senate Majority Leader, I strongly advocate for our coal communities and for federal grant funding to benefit them, and I will continue to support programs that create good jobs and encourage economic growth.” Senator McConnell has been a strong advocate for coal miners and their communities and has worked to secure funding for this economic development program.

The project involves a partnership of three community and technical colleges, which will fast-track the implementation of advanced manufacturing training programs across 16 counties. This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Kentucky River Area Development District, Cumberland Valley Area Development District, and Big Sandy Area Development District.

EDA funds these organizations to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.

From United States Department of Commerce

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