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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Federal Highway Administration Provides Funding for the Women-In-Construction On-the-Job Training Program
Press Release Date:  September 30, 2004
Contact:  CONTACT:  Michael Goins
Executive Director
Office of Public Affairs
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
(502) 564-3419
 

FRANKFORT, KY (September 30, 2004) -  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) joined Kentucky State University (KSU) today to announce the beginning of a partnership in the Women-In-Construction On-the-Job Training Program.  The Cabinet has awarded Kentucky State University $330,000.00 to provide a supportive services program for Women-In-Construction, On-the-Job training.  The funds were provided through the Cabinet and the FHWA.

The primary purpose of the On-the-Job Training Program is to recruit and train women and men for entry-level jobs in construction.  Participants are recruited, screened and enrolled into the program.  Enrolled students will receive technical training combining both classroom and hands-on construction.  This program will prepare students for the challenges they will face as they enter the workforce.  Students are offered the opportunity to obtain a Class B Commercial Drivers License (CDL).  Upon completion of the program, graduates are offered placement assistance and post-graduate support from the project staff to assist them with their transition into the non-traditional workplace.

“It is the Cabinet’s goal to work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to provide opportunities for these institutions to engage their faculty and students into the transportation-related industry,” stated Transportation Secretary Maxwell C. Bailey.  “The Cabinet and FHWA is committed to improving its workforce by recruiting and training women and men for entry-level jobs in construction.” In response Dr. Mary Sias, president of KSU, said, "Secretary Bailey is a man of vision and purpose.  This is the tip of the iceberg in this partnership and we look forward to working with the Transportation Cabinet on future endeavors."

For additional information about this program please contact Arthur McKee, Executive Director, Office for Business and Occupational Development at (502) 564-3601.

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