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KYTC drives attention to work zone safety during construction season; drivers reminded to slow down

As highway construction continues into the fall across the commonwealth, motorists can expect to see orange cones and flashing lights in work zones. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is driving attention to Kentucky’s Work Zone Awareness Week (KYWZAW) – Sept. 13-18 – to encourage motorists to take a vested interest in work zone safety by slowing down and driving without distractions...

Governor outlines plans for further reopening including churches, manufacturing and government offices

Governor Andy Beshear on Friday outlined the requirements to begin reopening major segments of the economy and society including houses of worship, manufacturing, construction, government offices and agencies, retail and funeral services. The full plans for each organization to reopen is posted online at healthyatwork.ky.gov. Beshear announced that government offices and agencies are able to open May...

Gov. Andy Beshear outlines requirements for Kentucky’s first phase of business reopening

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press briefing on Monday saw more information revealed about next week’s first phase of business reopening. The first step of Phase 1 will include some additional non-life-sustaining businesses in these economic sectors: manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, construction, vehicle and vessel dealerships, office-based businesses with 50 percent...

Lexington-based Association of Ag Educators recieves $10,000 Next Gen Grant from AEM

The National Association of Ag Educators in Lexington is among five non-profit organizations awarded $10,000 as part of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) Next Gen Grant Program. The organizations were honored at AEM’s 2019 Annual Conference for their focus on training for and encouraging careers in construction, manufacturing, technician service, and business and financial...

55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference set for June 24-28 in Louisville

The 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) is set for June 24 through June 28 in Louisville, showcasing the very best in career and technical education for the skilled trades. This marks the fifth straight year that the NLSC — the world’s largest hands-on skills competition — has been held in Louisville. The 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills...

KET, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet unveil new resource to aid state’s demand for skilled workers

Kentucky’s workforce is ever changing. By the year 2020, it is projected that 63 percent of Kentucky jobs will require some postsecondary education or advanced training to meet workforce demands. Currently, Kentucky is facing a shortage of highly skilled workers to fill the approximately 115,000 open jobs available in the Commonwealth. To help address Kentucky’s workforce demands, KET and the Kentucky...

Keven Moore: It’s neither a bird nor a plane — OSHA is now using drones to improve inspections

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No…it’s an Occupational Safety and Health Administration drone? What? That’s right, folks, OSHA is in the midst of a technological revolution and has moved into the 21st century and is now using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve safety inspections. Whether these drones are called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Miniature Pilotless Aircraft or Flying Mini...

Second annual Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit set for Sept. 10-12 in Louisville

Learn about the rapidly expanding career and business opportunities available to Kentuckians at the second annual Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit Sept. 10-12 at the Kentucky Exposition Center at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville. Registration for the free event, co-hosted by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and UPS, is at form.jotform.com. The summit will bring together...

Kentucky receives two federal grants totaling $1.95M to assist veterans, transitioning service members

As part of its Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Program, the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky two grants totaling $1.95 million. The grants will be used to review and streamline licensing requirements and address licensure challenges for veterans and transitioning service members. Kentucky is one of 11 member states in the Occupational Licensing Policy...

Phase one begins for renovation of The American Saddlebred Museum in Lexington

After two years of planning, phase one of the renovation at The American Saddlebred Museum is underway. Architect Christopher Quirk of Solid Light has designed the space, and Solid Light exhibit designers have created updated exhibitions. This is the second renovation since the museum opened at the Kentucky Horse Park in 1986. The first phase of the project is to update the visitor entrance, reconfigure...

Keven Moore: National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction set for May 7-11

It took a while this year for spring to arrive, but now the grass has started to grow, flowers and trees are starting to bloom and the construction industry is back in swing. With the warmer weather, many new construction projects have begun and workers all across the United States have grabbed their tools, hard-hats and lunch pale and are back on the job. The construction industry in the United States...

Commentary: Repeal of prevailing wage would worsen job quality, harm Kentucky’s economy

By Anna Baumann Special to KyForward Good-paying jobs like those in construction are the foundation of a healthy middle class and growing economy, and a skilled construction workforce builds the high-quality physical infrastructure necessary for growth. According to a new research report, Kentucky’s prevailing wage law strengthens this important industry, and its repeal would have negative repercussions...