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Second round of funding announced for state Work Ready initiative; applications due March 16

Gov. Matt Bevin and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner announced Tuesday the launch of the second round of funding for the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative (WRSI). Applications for $34 million in funding are due by March 16. The second round of bond funding is part of a $100 million statewide bond program aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce in the...

Work Ready Skills panel approves 25 Kentucky proposals worth over $65.5 million

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals to elevate the Commonwealth’s workforce training capacity, awarded more than $65.5 million to 25 Kentucky projects in its first round of funding. Launched in July 2016, the $100 million Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers, grow...

Nicholas County certified as Kentucky Work Ready Community, four more counties in progress

Secretary Hal Heiner announced that Nicholas County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community. Bell, Cumberland, Garrard and Lee counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “I am excited to announce that we now have 33 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and there are 48 counties...

State officials say impact of new dual scholarship program already evident

Barely five months since its inception, the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program is already yielding dramatic results across the Commonwealth, Kentucky Education Department data shows. Preliminary Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) data shows that 36.3 percent more high school students are enrolled in dual credit courses this semester, compared to Fall 2015 (22,707 vs. 16,659) — with a 49.9...

Veteran state employee Terry Manuel appointed new state librarian, commissioner of KDLA

Terry Manuel, a 24-year employee with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), has been appointed the new State Librarian and Commissioner of KDLA. Manuel has served as the Acting State Librarian/Commissioner since February 2016. “I am delighted that Terry Manuel is heading the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Terry’s expertise as both a librarian and historian...

Reduced unemployment insurance taxes will save Kentucky employers $50 million, Heiner says

A positive unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund balance will give Kentucky employers a reduction in their UI tax rate for the first time since 2008, saving them over $50 million annually, said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner. Kentucky employers will save an additional $15 million annually because the UI trust fund balance was $220.7 million on Sept. 30, freezing the...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet sets October meeting schedule

The following meetings have been scheduled in October for agencies within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Those planning to attend meetings should confirm times and dates before traveling. People with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting the specified staff person. Education Professional Standards Board Oct. 10, 2016 9 a.m. Eastern time 100 Airport...

Jordan named new OET director; Bevin selects six for Kentucky Commission on Women

Rick Jordan has been appointed as the new executive director of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Employment and Training (OET). The Walton native will replace current director Jason Dunn, who is leaving that role to accept a position within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services on Oct. 1. Rick Jordan “Rick has an impressive background in industry leadership...

More than 100 Work Ready Skills Initiative proposals submitted to workforce development cabinet

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet received 112 project pre-applications — totaling more than $510 million in requests —for first-round funding consideration through the Commonwealth’s new $100 million statewide workforce development bond fund. Announced by Gov. Matt Bevin, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner and Cabinet for Economic Development...

Statewide Summit on Philanthropy to feature keynoter Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester

Loretta Mester, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will be keynote speaker for the eighth annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy, set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington. The theme of this year’s conference is “Economic Transition: Leading Through Philanthropy.” To register, click here. Options are available to attend just the luncheon...

Heiner announces six newest ‘Kentucky Work Ready Communities;’ seven more in progress

Secretary Hal Heiner Friday announced that Adair, Bourbon and Caldwell counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Breckenridge, Casey, Crittenden, Knox, Magoffin, Owsley and Whitley have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. Hal Heiner “I am excited to announce that we now have 32 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the...

Kids Ready Conference to convene early childhood professionals, launch of Kentucky ALL STARS

Nationally known experts and authors on early childhood development will speak at the 2016 Ready Kids Conference hosted by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, July 11-13 at the Galt House Hotel, 141 N. 4th St., in Louisville. In its third year, the conference will bring together approximately 1,200 early childhood professionals...

Bevin, education officials announce $7.5 million dual credit scholarship program for 2016-17

Joined by more than 400 students, teachers and local leaders at Russell County High School, Gov. Matt Bevin and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner Wednesday unveiled the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program. Starting next school year, this statewide program provides funds for dual credit scholarships for all 173 school districts. For the first time in the state’s history,...

Bevin announces seven new appointees for Education Professional Standards Board

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced seven new members to the Education Professional Standards Board. The board is comprised of 17 members, each serving four-year terms. “I am excited for the Commonwealth’s future by the willingness of the new board members to serve on the Education Professional Standards Board. Collectively, they possess practical experience as leaders in education, and have a passionate...

Bevin appoints five new members to Kentucky Board of Education

Gov. Matt Bevin announced five new members to the Kentucky Board of Education. The board is comprised of 12 members, each serving four-year terms. “I am very impressed with the talent, experience and knowledge of the newest members of the Kentucky Board of Education. Our prime responsibility as adults is to prepare the next generation for their most fulfilled life, and that responsibility starts...

Bluegrass ADD board resolute against sanctions that ‘plow up old ground’ about issues already resolved

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor In a specially called meeting, the Bluegrass Area Development District executive committee voted unanimously Wednesday to appeal the state’s order to repay $898,000 in “disallowed” costs for federal workforce programs from 2010-13. After hearing reports from attorneys John Gay and Jeff Walther about options related to next steps, the board also authorized BGADD’s...

Ed chief, board members talk charter school pros and cons; Heiner visits but doesn’t address topic

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward In its first meeting since the change of occupants in the governor’s office, members of the Kentucky Board of Education and Commissioner Stephen Pruitt carved out time in a busy meeting to discuss an issue on the minds of many educators and leaders in the state – charter schools. The discussions took place at the beginning of Wednesday’s KBE meeting in Frankfort...

Bill Straub: As incomprehensible as it sounds, Bevin has a halfway decent shot at winning

It was the venerated Sam Rayburn, a Texas Democrat who served as speaker of the House for 17 years in the mid-1900s, who expressed unease over many of the men advising President John F. Kennedy, asserting that “I’d feel a whole lot better if one of them had ever run for sheriff.’’   Kentucky, with a rich if erratic political history, hasn’t always shared Mr. Sam’s preference for...

Bill Straub: GOP candidates’ promise to kill Kynect shortsighted at best, insane at worst

WASHINGTON – It might be considered unkind to describe Earl Landgrebe as a dolt lo these many years after his death but facts, as the old saying goes, is facts.   Landgrebe was an undistinguished Republican congressman from Indiana in the 1960s and ’70s who probably is best known for being the last lawmaker to express undying fealty to President Richard Nixon, standing up for the disgraced...