Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

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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. 

Communities across Kentucky will compete for $100 million in state funding to pay for projects to train Kentucky's workforce.

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, appointed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, is scheduled to meet Wednesday to review 114 proposals for the money.

The 10-member committee led by Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner will discuss the proposals in a closed meeting. But the committee will announce the results in an open meeting Wednesday afternoon. The winners will be invited to submit formal applications.

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While dual credit courses for high school students across the commonwealth offer a head start into the college experience, they put pressure on the amount of money coming into higher education institutions. 

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Kentucky’s leaders are grappling with how to get more of the state’s residents into the labor force. 

A former high-ranking state official whose agency awarded at least $1.3 million worth of contracts to a New Jersey-based consulting firm during her time in office joined that firm Monday as a vice president.

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Kentucky Governor-elect Matt Bevin has selected a former campaign rival to lead the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

As secretary of the Workforce and Development Cabinet, Louisville businessman Hal Heiner will oversee the coordination of state education programs and the management of workforce training.

Kentucky Unemployment Increases Compared to 2012

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The unemployment rate has risen over the past year in 96 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. 

Data from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training shows that the statewide unemployment rate for November was up slightly over last year at 7.7%, with an increase of three-tenths of a percent.

Workforce Development Cabinet Economist Manoj Shanker says the increase reflects a particularly devastating year for Eastern Kentucky communities, which have the highest unemployment rates in Kentucky.

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Ron Crouch, the director of research and statistics for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, spoke at Murray State University's Curris Center Tuesday as part of the West Kentucky United for Economic Development Conference.

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has tapped longtime auto executive Thomas Zawacki to serve as the new secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  He will succeed the retiring Joseph Meyer July 1st. 

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Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Joseph U. Meyer will retire June 30 after more than 30 years of public service.

Under Meyer’s direction, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has played critical roles in modernizing the unemployment insurance system in the commonwealth, establishing the Early Childhood Advisory Council, merging the state’s Career and Technical Education systems and creating the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.

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