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Kentucky Career Center offers readiness training, assessments to applicants for state agency recruitment

The Kentucky Career Center (KCC), within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC), is partnering with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) to offer career readiness training and assessments to applicants for state government careers. Featuring 17 of top essential skills identified by employers for potential employees to be successful in the workforce,...

EWDC to offer education, career counseling for employment seekers at Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) invites Kentuckians seeking employment and educational opportunities to visit the EWDC booth at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair. The EWDC booth will be located in the South Wing on Main Street near the B107 entrance of the Kentucky State fair. The booth will highlight employment and adult educations services offered by the Kentucky Career...

Kentucky Career Center, Mercer County Library, Goodwill team up for services to Hitachi lay-offs

During the month of October the Kentucky Career Center–Bluegrass Rapid Response Team and community partners have been working closely with the Mercer County Library to provide information and services to those affected by the Hitachi lay-offs. To date, the Kentucky Career Center-Bluegrass, Mercer County Skills U, and Goodwill Industries of Kentucky have held two sessions (October 4th and 9th). ...

Kentucky Career Center offers Federal Bonding Program to encourage hiring of at-risk job applicants

The Kentucky Career Center is now offering a $5,000 six-month fidelity bond at no cost to employers or job seekers through a U.S. Department of Labor program that encourages hiring of hard-to-place applicants in eight categories, such as individuals with criminal records or those with poor credit records. The Federal Bonding Program allows employers to insure their business against theft, forgery,...

State agencies partner to offer free job skills prep, certifications to help Kentucky adults

Two state agencies have teamed up to offer free access to high-quality courseware and certifications to help Kentucky adults build and demonstrate work-readiness skills. Through local Kentucky Career Centers and Kentucky Skills U programs, formerly Kentucky Adult Education, adults can prepare for the Kentucky Career Readiness Certificate and the Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate using World Interactive...

Div. of Unemployment Insurance expanding online support services with myKentuckyCareerCenter

The Kentucky Career Center is expanding online customer services beginning May 9 with a new, secure feature called myKentuckyCareerCenter. The myKentuckyCareerCenter feature can be used to check Unemployment Insurance claim balances and payment history, access UI documents, and communicate directly with a trained UI claims advisors with a secure chat tool. “Although Kentucky currently has the lowest...

State enhances unemployment insurance support for customers over the phone and internet

The Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, recently announced enhancements to the online and phone resources available to Kentuckians applying for and receiving unemployment benefits. The enhanced Unemployment Insurance Help Line now provides additional experts in unemployment insurance to assist those seeking benefits when they...

Kentucky Career Center saved state employers $205 million through Workforce Opportunity tax credits

The Kentucky Career Center (KCC) issued 53,398 Workforce Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) to Kentucky employers during fiscal year (FY) 2017, a 30 percent increase from the 41,098 issued in FY 2016, according to the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment. The WOTC program potentially saved Kentucky employers more than $205 million in federal taxes. WOTC benefits employers who hire people classified...

Keeping a Positive Attitude: Hard work, persistence pays off for Brown thanks to Amteck training

Between 2010 and 2012 things couldn’t have gotten much worse for Pete Brown. Starting in 2010, he found himself on probation, unemployed, and in two motorcycle accidents in a six short months. Those two accidents didn’t sit well with his probation officer who revoked his probation, sending Pete to prison for a year. That was pretty close to rock bottom for him. When Pete was released on June 1st...

New ‘Reworking Kentucky’ program links those recovering from addiction to employment services

State, business and health leaders have launched an initiative aimed at connecting Kentuckians recovering from addiction with employment services. “Reworking Kentucky,” a component of the chronic substance abuse and addiction program Recovery Kentucky, expands assistance and support to individuals who are exiting the program. It will help them obtain an entry-level, workplace-ready assessment...

Best Places to Work rankings celebrate 90 small, medium, large Kentucky companies

Edward Jones, Your Community Bank and River Road Asset Management have been ranked the 2015 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.   During the 11th annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky awards ceremony in Frankfort, presented by Kentucky Career Center and USIDES State Information Data Exchange System, more...

Military veterans seeking employment can find assistance at the Kentucky Career Center

Transitioning from one career to another can be challenging for anyone, but for some military veterans there are additional obstacles to overcome. The Kentucky Career Center offers full-time counselors and specialized services to help veterans make the leap to the civilian workforce.   “While all veterans qualify for specialized free job search assistance at Kentucky Career Centers across the...

State awarded $6 million National Emergency Grant to train, assist long-term unemployed

Kentucky will receive a $6.1 million Job-Driven National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. According to a release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office, the funds will target the long-term unemployed and will be used to create and expand job-driven training programs for laid-off workers.   “Equipping workers with the relevant skills that Kentucky’s employers require is vital...

Launch of Kentucky Career Center marks end of ‘unemployment office;’ 75 branches open

The Kentucky Career Center unveiled this week signifies the importance of moving away from having an “unemployment office” to a focus on career services for both job seekers and job providers.   “We are putting a system in place that will better equip Kentucky’s workforce with the skills required to be relevant in the new economy and will provide our businesses with the top-notch workforce...