Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards $600,000 in Workforce Development Funds to KentuckianaWorks

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Michael Goins

Funds to be used to provide job training for low-income adults

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today awarded $600,000 in statewide reserve funds to KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville’s Workforce Investment Board.   The funding will provide job training for 150-200 low-income adults who access career services through the KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Centers.  The funding will also make it possible to provide intensive case management and support service vouchers for 300-400 additional customers.

“This funding will enhance the quality of services that KentuckianaWorks offers, helping up to 600 people in Louisville and surrounding counties acquire the skills and training necessary to obtain a good job,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The programming will provide increased opportunity for hundreds of Kentuckians, enriching their lives and benefiting their families.”

More than 4,500 people from Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Bullitt, Spencer, Henry and Trimble counties come to the KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Centers each month.  There are currently 1,332 people enrolled in job training programs, case management and support services paid for by funds provided through the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.  The goal is to provide the assistance needed to help those enrolled in the programs find a good job.

“Education and job training go hand-in-hand in providing the best workforce to Kentucky businesses,” said Education Secretary Laura E. Owens. “This funding will help us provide a well-trained, well-educated workforce that will build the foundation of economic success for our commonwealth.”

KentuckianaWorks requested the additional $600,000 to meet the increased demand for job training to help those seeking employment find a good-paying job in the Louisville area.

“We are thrilled that the Governor’s Office has made this investment in Greater Louisville’s workforce,” said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks. “We have seen an impressive jump in this region over the past few years in the number of degrees and certificates granted below the associate degree level.  We can attribute this trend to the demand for short-term training opportunities that can move people into lucrative careers quickly.  This funding allows us to meet this increasing demand,” said Gritton.

The $600,000 in funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor and is administered by the Kentucky Department for Workforce Investment’s Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education Cabinet.  State agency partners at the One-Stop Career Centers include the Office of Employment and Training, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Office for the Blind, all agencies of the Department for Workforce Investment.

KentuckianaWorks is Greater Louisville’s workforce investment board, overseen by a business-led board of directors.  KentuckianaWorks is charged with creating a responsive workforce system that benefits employers, job seekers and students, by promoting quality jobs, high skills, competitive wages and lifelong learning.