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$400,000 Awarded to Kenton Co. Schools for Technology & Training Equipment

The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced Kenton County Schools will receive $400,000 in funds to purchase technology and training equipment for the district. The grant is part of a $33.1 million second round of funding from the cabinet to encourage the development of a highly-skilled workforce to fill jobs in the advanced manufacturing, healthcare, technology, construction and transportation sectors.

“I am thrilled Kenton County Schools was awarded a Work Ready Skills Initiative Grant,” said Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser (R-Taylor Mill), who serves on the House Education Committee. “Modern education must equip students and adults with the tools needed to thrive in our current economy. Grants like this go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.”

“Kentucky has the jobs thanks to pro-growth legislation,” said Rep. Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger), who chairs the House Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee. “Now we just need the skilled workforce to fill those jobs. Job training programs will help us achieve that objective while providing stability for our blue-collar workers.”

Funds will prepare 570 students and 528 adults each year for careers in advanced manufacturing, information technology, transportation and logistics.

“Not every high-school student wants or needs to go on to a four-year college,” said Rep. Brian Linder (R-Dry Ridge). “Programs like this in Kenton County provide those students with training opportunities that deliver access to well-paying careers without the cost and time commitment of a traditional college.”

The Work Ready Skills Initiative was created by Gov. Matt Bevin in 2016, and supported by the Legislature. It is aimed to support the core mission to make Kentucky the leader for engineering and manufacturing in the United States.

“Workforce development initiatives are essential for employers seeking out skilled workers,” said Rep. Diane St. Onge (R-Lakeside Park), who chairs the House Small Business and Information Technology Committee and serves on the House Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee. “Businesses have long voiced the need for skilled workers and with all the new jobs coming to the Commonwealth, training opportunities for job-seeking Kentuckians are needed now more than ever.”

-Staff report