18 February Advocate

18 February Advocate

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Kentucky School Advocate 
February 2018
Education + Employers: special report 
Curing workforce needs
A strong interest by students in the health care field has grown into Bowling Green High School’s new Medical Arts Academy. Two major local health care providers, among others, are partnering with the academy with the aim of filling their workforce needs and expanding the possibilities for students.

Flying high
Students in some eastern Kentucky districts don’t have employers to work with in their career pathway, but following the “If you build it, they will come” trope, they’re hoping drones will equal jobs. The Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative oversees the effort.

Building a pathway
Students in three – and counting – northern Kentucky school districts are being trained in construction trades to fill a critical need for workers in that area, at the instigation of the region’s home builders group. The added bonus is a postsecondary option that can also teach students the business side of construction.

While individual school districts are making strides with career pathways that are linked to workforce needs, a new program may give participating school systems, area tech centers and employers more bang for their buck with a unified, sharing approach. There’s also more about this New Skills for Youth program in our In Conversation With ... feature.

Energized for year two
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural KSBA School Energy Summit, the 2018 event, April 16–17, again offers a chance for energy managers, school board members, finance and facility managers and others to get the latest in energy efficiency expertise. 
Schools and districts are forging closer alliances with local employers, resulting in new or expanded programs across the state. At left, Knott Central High School junior Austin Heiston operates a drone as part of a program spearheaded in part by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative. Top right, Shayla Miller and Brelynn Wright practice phlebotomy skills in Bowling Green High School’s new Medical Arts Academy; bottom right, Hunter Hopperton holds a piece of wood while Chris McNeil drills for a carpentry project for Boone County Schools' Homebuilders/Construction program.
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