Four educational institutions in far western Kentucky are among 39 finalists for the $100 million Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative.
The Education and Workforce Development is investing in community efforts to build a highly-trained workforce.
Finalists in the WKMS area include West Kentucky Community and Technical College requesting more than $4.6 million, Paducah Public Schools requesting $9.8 million, Caldwell County Schools requesting more than $3.9 million and Webster County Board of Education requesting nearly $1.7 million.
According to a release, WKCTC's proposal seeks to capitalize on economic opportunities through the development of I-69 and area waterways. The school is looking to expand services to adult populations with workforce training and college courses. They also plan on using funding t renovate their Skilled Craft Training Center, Inland Logistics and Marine Institute, Mayfield/Graves County Area Technology Center and expand classes and infrastructure at the Fulton/Fulton County Area Technology Center.
The Work Ready Skills website says funding for approved selected projects will be made available this month.
This story will be updated.