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Twenty local government agencies receive nearly $450,000 in grants from KDLA to preserve records

The Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced recipients of the Local Records Program grant funds to preserve and manage local government records. The Local Records Program helps to preserve, protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assist local agencies with records management through direct services,...

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...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2019 was unchanged from April 2019. The preliminary May 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in...

Newly certified professional environmental educators recognized at Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort

Twenty environmental educators from across the Commonwealth graduated from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council’s (KEEC) Professional Environmental Educator Certification (PEEC) program at a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Monday. KEEC, an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, is one of only three national certification programs accredited...

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...

Unemployment rates drop in 89 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford jobless rate at 2.7 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 89 Kentucky counties between April 2018 and April 2019, rose in 21 and stayed the same in 10 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 2.9 percent; Boone,...

Ky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2019 was unchanged from March 2019. The preliminary April 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state...

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...

Unemployment drops in 94 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford County has lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates fell in 94 Kentucky counties between March 2018 and March 2019, rose in 19, and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3 percent. It was followed by Boone, Fayette, Oldham and Scott...

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 117 Ky counties during 2018, according to KYSTATS

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 117 Kentucky counties in 2018 compared to 2017, rose in Monroe and Owen counties and stayed the same in Metcalfe, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2018 at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Campbell, Fayette, Oldham and Scott counties, 3.3 percent each; Boone...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs selects 72 high school students for program at NKU this summer

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, has announced 72 high school students have been selected to participate in the 2019 GSE program at Northern Kentucky University from June 23 – July 13. GSE brings together high school students from across Kentucky, immersing them in a creative space during a three-week residential program...

State releases unemployment data for February 2019; rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties in past year

Unemployment rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties between February 2018 and February 2019, rose in seven, and stayed the same in five counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.2 percent;...

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 Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases February unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2019 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for February 2019 was down from the 4.2 percent reported for January 2019. The preliminary February 2019 jobless rate was down 0.2 percentage points from...

KentuckyWorks Collaborative sets first meeting for Feb. 28 at Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort

The first meeting of the KentuckyWorks Collaborative is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. Eastern time at the Kentucky Historical Society at 100 W. Broadway in Frankfort. Gov. Matt Bevin, in partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB), signed an executive order establishing the KentuckyWorks Collaborative to guide...

Kentucky partners with Hamilton-Ryker to create new apprenticeship programs in Lexington

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) along with Hamilton-Ryker in Lexington has announced the creation of new manufacturing and IT apprenticeship programs. As a program sponsor and intermediary, Hamilton-Ryker’s “TalentGro” offers Registered Apprenticeships that will serve as a pipeline in both manufacturing and IT. With over 20 different paid apprenticeship roles, apprentices...

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....

Bevin signs order consolidating adult education services, WIOA partners under one agency

In an effort to align the state’s workforce resources, Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an Executive Order placing adult education services within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). Kentucky’s adult education services play a key role in helping Kentuckians become college and career ready by preparing individuals for the GED high school equivalency test, postsecondary education...