Work in Progress

The Kentucky Work Ready Communities initiative is a measure of a county’s workforce quality. The initiative continues to gather steam across the Commonwealth. To date, 26 counties have been certified as Work Ready Communities and 42 counties have been certified as Work Ready in Progress. We have also received letters of intent from another 34 counties that have begun the process of applying for certification.

The Kentucky Skills Network was formed by the governor this year to assist Kentucky companies in hiring and training employees. The partnership among the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the Cabinet for Economic Development, the Labor Cabinet and KCTCS is building a stronger network to develop a global economy that will attract new, high-demand jobs and fortify the talent pipeline.

Thanks to a $6 million federal grant, the Kentucky Career Center (KCC) has implemented the KCC Get Opportunity (GO) program which provides on-the-job training, customized training and apprenticeships. The program also offers coaching, counseling and direct job placement to help connect long-term unemployed laid-off workers with available jobs.


The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics released the 2014 Kentucky Postsecondary Feedback Report. This is the first report of its type in the nation that takes a deep look into what happens to our graduates after they leave college. The report provides critical information for students and parents to help them make decisions about what they want to study.


One of six winners nationally, Kentucky was awarded $44 million Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, representing one of the largest single investments in Kentucky’s students. Funds are being used to enhance high-quality early learning environments, assisting families to better prepare their children for kindergarten and measuring results.


Kentucky invested $1.4 million in early childhood education through United Way Born Learning Academies. This first step of funding 24 academies is the beginning of a four-year expansion of 150 academies across the state. This initiative, funded by Kentucky’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge federal grant, will build upon the investment of Toyota manufacturing operations of $1 million through 2016.