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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...

Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative earns Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation in Lucas Monday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 358,824 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation on achieving its fourth Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary...

Owensboro Riverport Authority presented with Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Owensboro Riverport Authority to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 378,932 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to Owensboro Riverport Authority on earning its first Governors Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working 378,932 hours without a lost-time...

Louisville’s Multi Packaging Solutions earns Governor’s Safety and Health Award recognition

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Multi Packaging Solutions in Louisville Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 278,279 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to Multi Packaging Solutions on earning another Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over 200,000...

Edwards Moving & Rigging creates new transportation apprenticeship program in Shelbyville

Officials from Edwards Moving & Rigging, Inc. in Shelbyville announced the creation of a new moving and rigging apprenticeship program in conjunction with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. This three-year apprenticeship in specialized transportation and rigging will provide each participant with both the experience and training from equipment manufacturers to be an accomplished rigger. This program...

Bevin names Kline to executive ethics commission; eight university boards get new members

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Kenneth Tim Kline has been appointed to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. • Kline, of Owensboro, is an attorney. He will serve for a term expiring July 14, 2021. The mission of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission is to promote the ethical conduct of elected officials, officers and other employees in the...

Big Rivers Electric Corporation in Henderson presented with Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Big Rivers Electric Corporation headquarters in Henderson Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,250,639 production hours without a lost-time incident. “I want to congratulate Big Rivers Electric Corporation on earning their fourth Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working...

Phillips Diversified Manufacturing in Annville creates new three-year apprenticeship program

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey joined officials from Phillips Diversified Manufacturing in Annville to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. This three-year welding apprenticeship program comes on the heels of another eastern Kentucky apprenticeship announcement from American Metal Works last week. Together, these programs represent an on-going effort to strategically cultivate more...

American Metal Works, Big Sandy Community and Technical College team for apprenticeship program

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey joined officials from American Metal Works and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. The first of its kind in the region, this CNC Programming apprenticeship will enable area apprentices to begin a 4-year Computer Numerical Control (CNC) program at American Metal Works that will require 2,000...

Governor’s Safety and Health Award presented to Louisville-based tech leader Raytheon Co.

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Raytheon Company in Louisville Monday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,384,573 production hours without a lost-time incident. “Congratulations to Raytheon Company on achieving their second Governor’s Health and Safety Award,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over 1,000,000 hours without...

Bevin announces creation of Kentucky Work Matters Task Force to promote inclusion in hiring

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday the creation of the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force at a press conference with federal and state officials and other special guests in the State Capitol Rotunda. The new 23-member task force will bring together every department of state government that has a hand in workforce development with members of the private sector. Their mission is to address barriers to employment...

Bardstown’s Heaven Hill Distilleries receives latest Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey visited Heaven Hill Brand Distilleries to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working over 1,000,000 production hours without a lost-time incident in the past 12 months. “Working 1,000,000 hours in 12 months without any serious injury is truly remarkable and I would like to congratulate Heaven Hill Brands on earning...

Bevin appoints pair as state Workers’ Compensation administrative law judges

Gov. Bevin has appointed the two individuals as administrative law judges (ALJs) within the Department of Workers’ Claims. · Jeff V. Layson, of Bowling Green, has 26 years’ experience practicing workers’ compensation law. In that time, he has represented both employees and employers. He will serve a term expiring July 14, 2020. · W. Greg Harvey, of Bowling Green, has represented...

Span Tech, state Labor Cabinet announce new youth apprenticeship program beginning this fall in Barren County

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey joined officials from Span Tech, a local conveyor manufacturer, and Barren County School District to announce the creation of a new youth apprenticeship program beginning this fall. The first of its kind in Barren County, this collaboration will enable area high school students to begin an Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship at Span Tech starting in their...

Atlas Machine and Supply in Louisville presented with Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey visited Atlas Machine and Supply in Louisville Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,351,417 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness. “I want to congratulate Atlas on earning their first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Sec. Derrick Ramsey. “Working over a million hours without a serious injury...

LexPlastics in Lexington presented with Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited LexPlastics in Lexington Tuesday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 483,235 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness. “Congratulations to LexPlastics on achieving its first Governor’s Health and Safety Award,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working this many hours without a significant...