Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Kentucky Chosen for National Governors’ Association Policy Academy to Align Education, Training for 21st Century Workforce

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 14, 2014  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian
502-564-2611
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky has been chosen as one of 14 states to participate in the National Governor Association’s (NGA) Policy Academy on Aligning the Education and Training Pipeline to the Needs of the Economy. Kentucky will receive a grant of up to $170,000 for ongoing technical assistance from the NGA Center for Best Practices, and will have the opportunity to meet with other states and national experts during the course of the two-year policy academy.

“Preparing our young people for the demands of the 21st century workforce, and encouraging them to pursue additional education and training after high school, is critical to their success and to the overall economic vitality of Kentucky,” Gov. Steve Beshear said.

Gov. Beshear pointed to a new study of recent Kentucky high school graduates that indicated nearly 60 percent of students who did not attend postsecondary education entered Kentucky’s workforce and earned less than $8,000 in the year following graduation.

The “No College = Low Wages” report by Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) showed that even three years after graduation, of the students who entered the state’s workforce who did not attend college, only one in three were working full time.

The academy will hold its first meeting in October in Seattle, Washington.

Other states selected for the policy academy include Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

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