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Education and Workforce Development Cabinet awards $2.6 million for dislocated West Ky. workers


By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced on Thursday that $2.6 million will be awarded to the West Kentucky Workforce Development Board to provide career and training services to employees impacted by closure of Briggs and Stratton.

After three decades as the second-largest employer in Murray, Briggs and Stratton said in August that the company would consolidate productions, leading to layoffs now through June 2020, resulting in the loss of over 600 full-time jobs.

Kentucky secured $1,994,444 in U.S. Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grant funding that will allow for the local workforce board to provide re-employment services to individuals impacted by the company’s closure.

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey announced that an additional $648,548 in state rapid response funding will be awarded to further assist local workforce partners with providing re-employment services to the residents of Western Kentucky.

“West Kentucky is fortunate to have local workforce agencies and elected officials who recognize the career and training needs of residents throughout this community,” Ramsey said. “Our cabinet is honored to be a part of this exciting partnership that marks the beginning of a new chapter of local and state agencies coming together to ensure that Western Kentucky residents are equipped with the skills, training and education necessary to thrive in this community.”

Rapid response is an early-intervention service offered through the Kentucky Career Center that assists businesses and employees impacted by layoffs and closings at no cost. The Kentucky Career Center works closely with the local workforce investment board and elected officials in adversely affected areas to assist dislocated workers with unemployment insurance filings, education, training and job placement.

Career Center services will be provided through a partnership between the West Kentucky Workforce Board, Murray-Calloway County Economic Development Corporation, Murray State University, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Murray-Calloway County Together, Pennyrile Area Development District, and Purchase Area Development District.


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