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Bevin makes appointments to Board of Education, including Hal Heiner who resigns cabinet post

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced appointees to the Kentucky Board of Education. The appointees include: Hal Heiner of Louisville who resigned as Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. He has also been a member of the Asbury University Board of Trustees, the University of Louisville Board of Overseers, the Summit Academy Board of Trustees, and the Metro Leadership Foundation — an...

University of Kentucky to hold 29th annual Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 6 at Gatton College

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward Will the bullish stock market of the past year continue throughout the rest of 2018? Is the outlook positive or negative for Kentucky’s economy? What impacts will the newly enacted federal tax policy have on government spending? Questions like these and many more will be addressed by a panel of experts on Tuesday, Feb. 6, as the University of Kentucky hosts the...

Kentucky is first to get Medicaid waiver; Bevin says Kentucky HEALTH is answer, but opposition is strong

Kentucky is the first state to get a Medicaid waiver that would permit the state to require work of service to quality for the insurance. Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday afternoon that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had approved the Commonwealth’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH — “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health.” Bevin...

State agencies collaborate to provide employment, training opportunities to SNAP recipients

Kentuckians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and are eligible for the federally funded Employment and Training (E&T) program will now receive assistance from Kentucky Career Centers to meet education and employment training needs. To better serve the people of Kentucky, several agencies in the state government created a new system for SNAP recipients to access...

Jessamine County latest to earn certification as a Kentucky Work Ready Community; Bath in progress

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner has announced that Jessamine County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community. In addition, Bath County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community in Progress. “I am excited to announce that we now have 38 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation...

Pruitt, education partners announce expanded computer science opportunities for state students

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, state and national partners from AdvanceKentucky, the College Board, Code.org and state Sen. David Givens gathered Tuesday at Glasgow High School to announce a new computer science initiative that will expand computer science learning opportunities for Kentucky public school students. “The United States currently has more than 494,000 unfilled computing...

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program expanded to include students working toward GEDs

Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include Kentuckians who do not have a high school diploma but are working to achieve their GED concurrent with skills education. “The central idea of the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship is to get thousands of adults to the first or second rung of a high demand career ladder,” said Education and Workforce...

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...

Bevin establishes Charter Schools Advisory Council, reorganizes key education boards and committees

Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order Friday that establishes the Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council to ensure successful implementation of House Bill 520 (HB 520). The order also realigns key education boards, councils and committees to provide an efficient, modern structure for implementing Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and provides for greater coordination of efforts across the education system,...

New Work Ready Scholarship helps Kentuckians get in, get out and get to work — tuition free

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner announced details Wednesday about the new Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS), which provides free tuition for programs in five business sectors that are considered high wage, high demand. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) offer numerous programs in these fields, which are health care,...

Ballard, Mason counties among newest Kentucky ‘work ready communities,’ Heiner announces

Secretary Hal Heiner announced that Ballard and Mason counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Jackson, Meade and Owen counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “I am excited to announce that we now have 37 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and there are 51 counties...

Second round of Work Ready Skills Initiative awards totaling $33 million distributed to 15 winners

The Work Ready Skills Initiative Advisory Committee has selected recipients for its second round of funding. Approximately $33.1 million in bond money was dispersed to 15 projects aimed at developing a highly trained workforce to meet the needs of employers and to promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. “The response to the Work Ready Skills Initiative has been truly astounding,” said Gov....

Thank a Teacher: Bevin declares May 8-12 as Teacher Appreciation Week for those who make a difference

Gov. Matt Bevin recently signed a proclamation officially declaring May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week in Kentucky, joining the National Educators Association in honoring and celebrating teachers and recognizing their invaluable contributions to society. “Teachers are responsible for educating and guiding Kentucky’s children and the future of the Commonwealth and use their vast expertise and...

People in the News: Commerce Lexington promotes Tyra; Blankenship to receive Medal of Excellence

Commerce Lexington Inc. has announced that Tyrone Tyra has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Community and Minority Business Development. He has spent the last 22 years working for economic development agencies and has led Commerce Lexington’s Community and Minority Business Development Program since 2005. Tyrone Tyra His responsibilities at Commerce Lexington Inc. include helping companies...

Work Ready Skills Committee narrows potential projects to 21, final selections coming in May

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the Commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 21 projects for continued consideration for second-round funding. The committee plans to award about $34 million in the second round. The 10-member committee reviewed 41 applications that requested a total of more than $165 million. The projects...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College officially opens new campus in Scott County

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) officially opened its new Georgetown-Scott County Campus, Advanced Manufacturing Center, with a dedication ceremony Monday, though students have been working and learning there since January. The new facility is located at Lane’s Run Business Park, 200 Technology Court, Georgetown, Ky., and focuses on high-skill manufacturing job training and supports...

Kentucky ranks sixth in the nation in percentage of board-certified teachers, ninth in total number

Kentucky recently celebrated the 18 newly certified and 101 newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who continue to improve their teaching for the students of the Commonwealth. With 3,292 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are Board-certified (8 percent) and ninth in the nation for the total number of board-certified teachers. This small class...

Bevin, Kentucky delegation participate in European apprenticeship study visit in Germany, Switzerland

Gov. Matt Bevin, Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Economic Development Secretary Terry Gil, and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner joined a delegation of U.S. officials and business leaders on an apprenticeship study visit in Germany and Switzerland last week. Hosted by the National Governors Association (NGA), the trip provided insight into how those countries use apprenticeship...

Work Ready Skills Initiative receives 41 project applications in second round of bond funding

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet received 41 project applications — totaling more than $165 million in requests — for second-round funding consideration through the Commonwealth’s new $100 million statewide workforce development bond fund, the Work Ready Skills Initiative. The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee awarded approximately $65.5 million of the $100 million...

Anderson, Graves counties earn certification as Kentucky Work Ready Communities, Heiner says

Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner announced that Anderson and Graves counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Carter, Clinton and Pendleton counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “I am excited to announce that we now have 35 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Workforce...