The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee selected McCracken County Public Schools as one of the twenty-one finalists.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2017) – The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the Commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 21 projects for continued consideration for second-round funding. The committee plans to award about $34 million in the second round.
The 10-member committee met today to review 41 applications that requested a total of more than $165 million. The projects include construction and renovation of facilities and the purchase of new equipment aimed at providing workforce training and education in Kentucky’s top five growth sectors of advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, business services and information technology, healthcare, and construction trades. The committee is scheduled to reconvene in May to interview the 21 applicants that have requested nearly $77 million for projects.
“We continue to see strong applications from across Kentucky in the second round as communities strive to improve their workforce,” said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner, who chairs the committee. “The Work Ready Skills Initiative has created a lot of excitement among employers, educators, community leaders and elected officials that want their communities to be leaders in the high-demand technology jobs of the future.”
Launched in July 2016, the Work Ready Skills Initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. On Jan. 31, the committee awarded about $65.5 million to 25 projects in the first round of funding.
For more information about the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative, please visit www.KentuckyWorkReady.com.
McCracken County Schools grant application information-
McCracken County Schools proposed a project for WRSI’s second round of funding to build a state-of-the-art facility on the MCHS campus that would house not only traditional “vocational” programs, but also our high school’s successful health sciences and Project Lead the Way programs. MCHS has already had success partnering with the Paducah Area Technology Center to offer satellite programs in IT, media and health sciences under the MCHS roof- Once the programs moved to from the PATC to the high school, McCracken County student participation in those programs skyrocketed. This facility would allow MCHS to offer additional PATC satellite programs and increase student enrollment in areas such as manufacturing and construction technology, preparing our students for high-skilled, high-paying and high-demand jobs in our region. As a standalone facility, it could and would also be used for adult education and workforce training outside of school hours. Our partners in the grant would include the PATC, WKCTC, the Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky, local river industry leaders, local hospitals, local trade unions and many more area partners who have already expressed interest in supporting a Skills Center at MCHS. WRSI grant funds may be provided for up to 90% of the total proposed project cost, with the district and partners together contributing 10% of the total project cost.