Work Ready Skills Initiative Awards Summary – first-round grants
Kentucky School Advocate
By Madelynn Coldiron
Twenty-five projects received a total of $65.5 million, which will leverage $84.5 million in matching funds, about a quarter of which is in-kind. None received the original amount requested; in fact, the total amount requested by all applicants came to $13.4 million.
The awarded projects are expected to provide training to more than 30,000 Kentuckians annually in Kentucky’s five core sectors – advanced manufacturing, health care, information technology/business services, construction trades, and transportation/logistics – including almost 16,000 in expanded capacity. The following descriptions and information were provided by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Note: Titles in all caps denote the names of the state’s 10 workforce development areas.
Caldwell County Schools
Awarded $1.52 million with $358,000 match
Caldwell County Schools will renovate its area technology center to expand training programs and purchase up-to-date equipment.
• Will train skilled health care workers and trades: plumbing, tool and die, pipefitters.
• Will train 135 adults and 660 students annually (increase over current capacity by 125 and 326).
Paducah Independent Schools
Awarded $3.8 million with $12.2 million match
Paducah Independent Schools will build a state-of-the-art technology center to be a Regional Innovation Hub unique to Kentucky, dedicated to developing high-tech talent in health care, information technology, cybersecurity, engineering technology and logistics. The Hub will be a game-changer for western Kentucky and a model for developing a highly skilled technology workforce.
• Will train 140 adults and 1,300 students annually (increase over current capacity by 138 and 776).
West KY Partnership
Awarded $3.04 million with $338,000 match
Employers, 12 Purchase-area school districts, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Murray State University, UK Engineering (Paducah) and many others came together to purchase updated equipment and provide for the training needs of the Purchase Region in all five core Kentucky sectors.
• Credentials will include 976 students and adults earning postsecondary or dual credits, 882 earning KOSSA and Work Keys, 488 earning other types of certifications, 65 involved in apprenticeships, and 30 KY FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) graduates annually.
• Will train 455 adults and 2,326 students annually (increase over current capacity by 448 and 269).
Owensboro Community and Technical College
Awarded $2.86 million with $2.9 million match
The project will refurbish and equip lab space at OCTC’s Downtown Campus and OCTC Hancock County Training Center, building on the region’s existing and well-defined pipeline development structure.
Students and adults will be trained in advance manufacturing, health sciences and information technology, including current worker training for local industries.
• Will train 853 adults and 436 students annually (increase over current capacity by 171 and 63).
Allen County Career and Technical Center
Awarded $328,700 with $358,172 match.
For the purchase of updated equipment for all five core sectors.
• Will train 330 adults and 1495 students annually (increase over current capacity by 330 and 223).
Barren County Schools
Awarded $6.84 million with $1 million match.
Sectors served by the project include advance manufacturing (industrial maintenance, welder entry level, architectural designer, design engineering, PLTW engineering, machinist operator, maintenance machinist), construction (carpentry, HVAC, electricity), business/information technology (management, Cisco Network administration, information support and services, computer programming, computer science), health care (health science, biomedical science, dental technician, medical coding, medical business office), transportation (diesel engine, electrician technician, auto service technician, information processing, security pathway, entrepreneurship).
Barren County Schools will construct a state-of-the-art Barren Regional Technical Campus to address community workforce needs in high-demand STEM and services industries. The current Kentucky Tech Barren County ATC needs additional space, modernization and upgrades to ensure students have access to training that will prepare them for current and future workforce needs.
• Will train 1,960 adults and 2,282 students annually (increase over current capacity by 1,738 and 1,257).
Bowling Green (Independent) High School
Awarded $77,520 with $252,690 match.
Grant will fund equipment for a Medical Arts Career Academy on the high school campus, supporting pre-nursing (SRNA), medical administrative assistant (CMAA), phlebotomy tech (CPT) and electrocardiogram tech, and future expansion to EMT/fire safety.
• Will train 320 students annually (increase over current capacity by 87).
Warren County Area Technology Center
Awarded $557,726 with $722,000 match.
Warren County ATC will renovate its existing building to add space for classes and purchase updated equipment to start new programs and expand others. The ATC proposes three pilot programs as an Early College Career Academy. The robotics and automation engineering, and computerized manufacturing and machining will be the new programs while the welding program will be expanded to include robotics to meet the needs of local industries.
• Will train 500 adults and 600 students annually (increase over current capacity by 500 and 199).
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (Bowling Green)
Awarded $179,000 with $158,000 match.
The school will purchase AMTEC simulator to support advanced manufacturing technician training in SKY FAME (Southern Kentucky chapter of FAME) program.
• Will increase annual participants from 37 to 60.
Nelson County Area Technology Center
Awarded $64,526 with $35,873 match.
This project will fund renovations to the computer labs at Nelson County ATC and also to furnish the lab and facilities with training equipment for automotive and electrical training.
Will train 95 adults and 160 students annually (increase over current capacity by 85 and 50).
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Awarded $15.2 million with $5 million match.
The largest award granted will construct an Advanced Manufacturing Center in a region without one: the community with the largest industrial base (more than 560 industrial firms), and the community with the most significant growth and demand for a workforce qualified to work for those employers. The new facility will house multiple flexible labs, classrooms and support areas. The renovation of existing space, vacated by the programs that will move to the Center, will provide for the in-demand expansion of the automotive technology programs.
Partner employers include UPS, Interapt, Trilogy Health Services, Toyota Technician Training, Greater Louisville Automobile Dealers Association, Ford Motor Company, GE Appliances, Lantech, Greater Louisville KYFAME, 12 additional companies, James Graham Brown Foundation, The Gheens Foundation, Inc., and the Louisville Urban League.
• Will train 2,752 adults and 750 students annually (increase over current capacity by 427 and 520).
Shelby County Schools
Awarded $3.23 million with $10.7 million match.
The IGNITE Initiative recognizes the need for a highly skilled manufacturing workforce in the surrounding region. Business, government and education are coming together to collaboratively improve training opportunities for the current and future workforce in the leading industry sector in the area, advanced manufacturing.
Through expanded and improved facilities at the Shelby County Area Technology Center, Eminence Independent Schools and Jefferson Community and Technical College-Shelby County Campus, the region will be better equipped to provide up-to-date, applicable and appropriate training to secondary, postsecondary and adult learners from Shelby County and the surrounding counties to help meet the needs of a continually growing manufacturing base along the I-64 corridor.
• Will train 252 adults and 240 students annually (increase over current capacity by 75 and 166).
Boone County Schools
Awarded $6.84 million with $16.65 million match.
The NKY Regional STEAM Academy will be a truly innovative workforce training opportunity focused on advanced manufacturing, trades, information technology and health science. Funds will support renovation of an existing building, and the purchase of equipment and furnishings.
• Will train 300 adults and 1,000 students annually (increase over current capacity by 300 and 819).
Brighton Center, Inc.
Awarded $227,213 with $65,000 match.
Renovations and equipment will support entry-level health and professional careers. In 2014, Center for Employment and Training at the Brighton Center was recognized by the White House as one of 30 career training programs “that work.”
• Will train 140 adults and 25 students annually (increase over current capacity by 39 and 11).
Bluegrass Community and Technical College – Danville
Awarded $2.75 million with $2.25 million match.
This grant will fund the construction of a new building that will serve as an Advanced Manufacturing Center on BCTC’s Danville Campus. Equipment will be purchased to furnish the facility and provide training within the construction/trades and advanced manufacturing sectors.
• Will train 180 adults and 210 students annually (increase over current capacity by 124 and 156).
Bluegrass Community and Technical College – Leestown Campus
Awarded $3 million with $5.3 million match.
Renovation and construction on the Leestown Road campus of BCTCS with a focus on the health science sector. It will include career pathways in associate degree nursing, practical nursing, nursing assistant, radiography, respiratory care, surgical technology, medical assisting, emergency medical technician, pharmacy technology, diagnostic medical sonography, electroencephalogram technology, and health and wellness technology.
The facility will include several “on ramps” to health-care career pathways, including starting points for secondary students (working with high schools and area technology centers), adults working on their GED (in conjunction with Adult Education providers), currently employed adults seeking additional education/training and credentials in order to promote career advancement (alongside industry partners), and BCTC students.
• Will train 740 adults and 240 students annually (increase over current capacity by 110 and 204).
Jessamine County Schools
Awarded $760,000 with $1.59 million match.
Jessamine County Schools will renovate and purchase equipment to support a new hybrid Project Lead the Way/CTE Pathways in Manufacturing beginning with computerized manufacturing and machine engineering and eventually adding welding engineering and electrical engineering.
• Will train nine adults and 160 students annually (all new capacity).
Corbin Independent Schools
Awarded $382,149 with $1 million match.
Funding will provide upgraded equipment and software for training in advanced manufacturing and health care. The locations for this project will be existing facilities that will serve as training centers for the project; for example, ATC will provide career training for all three school districts’ students in Whitley County and adult training in the evenings, while the public library will offer a new site of over 5,000 square feet for a training lab. Each school district will allocate dedicated space within its buildings to conduct seminars and training; and postsecondary institutions will provide space for courses and training.
• Will train 200 adults and 620 students annually (increase over current capacity by 100 and 160).
Green County Schools
Awarded $1.5 million with $600,000 match.
Green County Schools plans to renovate/modernize its area technology center to improve its ability to offer updated technology and training to students in the areas of health care, manufacturing and information technology, including certifications for electrical technician, pre-nursing, allied health, pharmacy technician, machinist technician, business multimedia, information process, welder-entry level and cabinetmaker.
• Will train 90 adults and 1,060 students annually (increase over current capacity by 83 and 203).
Somerset Community College
Awarded $3.8 million with $3.1 million match.
Partnership of Somerset KY FAME; Somerset Community College; and Somerset Independent and Pulaski, Wayne Lincoln and Rockcastle county school districts. Funds will renovate space at SCC and Pulaski Area Technology Center and fund new equipment to support welding, advanced manufacturing, computerized manufacturing, engineering and electronics, UAV (drone) technology, 3D printing and information technology as well as the first injection molding program in Kentucky.
• Will train 640 adults and 280 students annually (increase over current capacity by 240 and 201).
Menifee, Morgan, Rowan County Regional Business Park – Maysville Community and Technical College
Awarded $1.14 million with $280,000 match.
Grant will purchase equipment for a 35,000-square-foot facility that will house the labs of existing programs at the Rowan Campus, including the HVAC, welding, construction, diesel mechanic and auto mechanic labs.
• Will train 772 adults and 100 students annually (increase over current capacity by 200 and 100).
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Hazard Community and Technical College
Awarded $2.9 million with $4.25 million match.
The funds will be used to build a one-story, 14,700-square-foot Intergenerational Training Center on the Lees College Campus in Jackson. Programs there will fill a gap in industry training. Mechatronics programs (advanced manufacturing) currently are not offered in HCTC’s service region. Medical assisting/telemedicine program (health sciences) is a relatively new health science field that is being implemented by health-care providers across the region. While information technology programs are available, few students are successfully earning an industry credential. HCTC will partner with regional high schools to offer a dual-credit high school model for high-tech technical programs.
• Will train 90 adults and 90 students annually (increase over current capacity by two and 84).
Lee County Area Technology Center
Awarded $30,780 with $20,100 match.
Lee County Area Technology Center will purchase SimMan, a simulated, programmable patient, and build a SimMan lab and a mock hospital room to train students and adults to higher skill levels required for the health-care field. Pathways will include medical nurse aide, pharmacy tech, EKG tech, sports medicine and physical therapy.
• Will train 24 adults and 189 students annually (increase over current capacity by 24 and 75).
Martin County Area Technology Center
Awarded $2.7 million with $3.4 million match.
This project will build and furnish the Dream Community Job Training and Area Technology Center, collocated with Martin County High School. Training will serve many sectors and include electrician and carpentry trades, graphic design, information technology fundamentals, automotive and entry-level health-care support certifications.
• Will train 300 adults and 285 students annually (increase over current capacity by 300 and 62).
Kentucky Communities Economic Opportunity Council Community Action Partnership (Barbourville)
Awarded $1.8 million with $7.45 million match.
Funding will support conversion of existing building to create new Workforce Training Center as a part of Southeast Community and Technical College. The new Workforce Training Center will customize training, workshops and state-of-the-art equipment and platforms to provide STEM, computer literacy and workplace skills. The training center will offer electrical engineering, industrial maintenance, welding, medical assisting, medical coding and billing, CNA, CDL, computer IT, computer support tech, Microsoft network administration and lineman.
• Will train 2,508 adults and 1,700 students annually (all new capacity).