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Student entrepreneurs complete rigorous summer program with highly competitive Demo Day

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) hosted its annual Demo Day at Northern Kentucky University on July 13. Teams of Kentucky high school students developed business models, designed prototypes and pitched 18 startup ideas to an audience of more than 400 people. More than 300 high school students applied to participate in the GSE program that ran from June 23 until July 13, but only 72 students...

Governor’s Office of Early Childhood ‘ecstatic’ over successful ECI event hosted in Louisville last week

The Early Childhood Institute (ECI), an early childhood education and professional development networking event, was hosted by the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) last week at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville from June 19-21. The mission of the 2019 Early Childhood Institute was to empower professionals who shape the foundation to Kentucky’s youngest children and their...

Former Kansas Labor Secretary Lana Gordon appointed Workforce Investment Commissioner

Former Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Lana Gordon has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) effective May 16. Under the leadership of EWDC Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Gordon will lead the Department of Workforce Investment, which coordinates the state’s workforce, employment and training...

Georgetown Middle School teacher Erin Elizabeth Ball named Kentucky’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Erin Elizabeth Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School in Scott County, is the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Ball has four years of teaching experience in Scott County Schools. Valvoline Inc™ and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) made the announcement May 20 at a ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Derrick...

Kentucky launches K-TECH initiative for Hazard Independent, Perry County students

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has launched Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH), the state’s first college-high apprenticeship program, in partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Juniper Health, and Hazard Independent Schools. Science, technology,...

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...

Students recognized at 12th annual KGHS/KY NEED Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Lexington

More than 100 Kentucky students and teachers were recognized at the 12th annual Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Lexington on April 25 hosted by the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools (KGHS) program and the Kentucky National Energy Education Development (KY NEED) project. As an initiative within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, KGHS is a program of the Kentucky Environmental...

New apprenticeship program for nursing aides to further enhance care at veteran homes in Kentucky

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) Secretary Derrick Ramsey and Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) Commissioner Ben Adams today signed an agreement to create a nurse assistant state registered apprenticeship program within long-term care facilities dedicated to providing healthcare services to veterans. Nurse Assistant State Registered (NASR) are nursing aides who...

Kentucky leadership to establish Barren County corrections training and re-entry program

Through a collaborative effort among Kentucky’s Executive leadership, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Derrick K. Ramsey, Labor Cabinet Secretary David A. Dickerson, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley are joining forces to launch a training and re-entry program for Kentucky inmates. Cabinet officials along with leadership from Barren County, the Kentucky...

Education & Workforce Development Cabinet launches state’s first interactive workforce dashboard

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) has launched the state’s first interactive workforce dashboard in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) and Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB). The Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) Dashboard is an interactive tool designed to display near real-time workforce information for Kentucky’s 10 LWDAs....

Jamie Vaught: Looking ahead to 2019 after ‘Amazing Cats’ add exclamation point to outstanding season

Before New Year’s Day in 2019, like many fans, I only saw ONE great UK football team during my career as a sportswriter. But that statement changed after the 16th-ranked Wildcats ended their stunning 2018 campaign with an exciting 27-24 victory over No. 12 Penn State on Tuesday in a sunny Citrus Bowl in Orlando, finishing with an amazing 10-3 mark, including three wins over nationally-ranked teams...

Derrick Ramsey: Enhancing Kentucky’s workforce through apprenticeship; get Work Ready Skills

As Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, I am committed to finding new ways to help ensure Kentuckians are equipped with the necessary skills, education and training they need to continue enhancing the state’s workforce. Traveling across the Commonwealth, I consistently hear from parents and students about the rising cost of education. At the same time, local business...

Kentucky Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation centralize services into one-stop office

To further eliminate employment barriers for Kentuckians with disabilities, Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order streamlining the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office for the Blind into one centralized agency offering services to individuals with disabilities. Effective Oct. 1, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet will consolidate services previously offered...

Bevin appoints Josh Benton as Deputy Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday the appointment of Josh Benton as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Benton will serve the cabinet with current Deputy Secretary Brad Montell. “Improving Kentucky’s workforce development is a top priority for our administration,” said Bevin. “I am grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm Josh brings to...

Kentucky HEALTH to partner with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Medicaid waiver program

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has announced a partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in preparation for the launch of Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long-Term Health), the state’s innovative Medicaid waiver program. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a statewide nonprofit focused on health policy and advocacy, will support Kentucky HEALTH’s community engagement...

Bevin names Ramsey as Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday the appointment of Derrick Ramsey as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, responsible for educating, preparing, and training Kentucky’s current and future workforce. Ramsey has decades of experience working in Kentucky’s higher education system. He began his career as a community relations officer at the University of Kentucky before...

Local government officials, Barren County School District launch youth apprenticeship programs

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey has joined Barren County Judge-Executive Michael Hale, local government officials, and representatives from the Barren County School District to announce the creation of three youth apprenticeship programs. The Barren County Judge Executive’s Office has created the Office Management apprenticeship program, while the Barren County School District will now offer apprenticeships...

Beam Suntory in Clermont presented with second Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Beam Suntory in Clermont recently to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,025,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “On behalf of Gov. Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, I would like to congratulate Beam Suntory in Clermont on earning its second Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary...

Deborah Williamson named acting deputy commissioner for the Dept. of Workplace Standards

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey has announced the appointment of Deborah Williamson as the Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards. “Deborah Williamson brings an enormous wealth of experience and knowledge to the Department of Workplace Standards,” Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. “Dr. Williamson has already made a huge impact on the Registered Apprenticeship program...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky sophomore Benny Snell Jr. joins impressive list of Wildcat running backs

Over the years, Kentucky has had a good handful of All-SEC or All-American football standouts who are among the school’s career rushing leaders. Remember the glamorous Wildcat stars like Sonny Collins, Moe Williams, Rafael Little, Mark Higgs, Derrick Ramsey, George Adams, to name several? I have seen them all and they are among UK’s career leaders in rushing yardage with Collins, who played for...