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KCTCS: Jobs are waiting; need more education? Consider certificate programs, associate degrees

When it comes to degree attainment, Kentucky ranks near the bottom. One reason for that is the thousands of working-age adults without a college credential. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) offers several short-term certificate programs and associate degrees to help change that. Many jobs that once were available to high school graduates now require additional training,...

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include associate’s degrees, high school dual credit courses

Governor Matt Bevin has signed an Executive Order expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) to include students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and associate of applied science degree in the state’s top five high-demand workforce sectors. The scholarship will also now be available for high school students for dual credit career and technical education (CTE) courses in pathways in Kentucky’s...

Pew Trusts: Free tuition spreading from cities to states; Work Ready KY targets specific interests

By Marsha Mercer Pew Charitable Trusts To churn out more workers with marketable skills, an increasing number of states are offering residents free tuition to community colleges and technical schools. The move also is a reaction to fast-rising tuition costs — increases that stem, in part, from states reducing their financial support of public colleges and universities. Morley Winograd, president...

Asbury introduces Work Ready Kentucky Certificate Program to train workers for jobs in film industry

The film industry in Kentucky needs more skilled workers. Asbury University unveiled an innovative workforce development initiative that will provide Kentuckians with the training necessary to work in the film industry. This certificate can be earned in a matter of weeks not years. It does not require completion of a two-year or four-year degree program. “Our goal as we created this training...