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KentuckianaWorks Foundation

The KentuckianaWorks Foundation promotes and assists the activities of KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville's Workforce Development Board. The Foundation's goal is to raise funds and coordinate efforts that encourage residents in the seven-county KentuckianaWorks region to raise their educational attainment levels.

The Foundation raises money for three area educational and career support organizations – the KentuckianaWorks College Access Center (KCAC), the Kentucky Youth Career Center in Jefferson County and the WIRED65 Regional Workforce Partners. 

KentuckianaWorks College Access Center
The KentuckianaWorks College Access Center (KCAC) is a One-Stop Center focusing on college access. It provides financial aid, educational and career counseling to adults and youth in the Louisville region and in Southern Indiana. A division of the KentuckianaWorks Foundation, KCAC is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Federal TRIO Programs.

Free KCAC services include assistance in completing financial aid forms and career assessments, help in selecting a postsecondary institution, counseling to rehabilitate defaulted student loans, Internet use for college information and scholarship searches, and computer use to prepare for the ACT and SAT. The vast majority of KCAC customers are low-income, first-generation college entrants. The number served has increased 25 percent in the past two years, in large part because KCAC partners effectively with Kentucky Career Center offices in the KentuckianaWorks region and community-based organizations to identify new customers. In 2012, KCAC served more than 4,600 customers, which is a record number for the office.

Why are KCAC services so important to the region? Low educational attainment remains a significant barrier to the region's economic development. Several years of data indicate that the region continues to lag behind its key economic competitors on important indices. The Louisville area has the highest percentage of adults who have only a high school degree (31.4 percent) among its 15 peer metro regions. Postsecondary institutions in the Greater Louisville region reported a 2.6 percent decline in enrollment in 2012 and a 1 percent increase in degrees awarded. The increase in degrees awarded is due to the students who enrolled in degree programs between 2009 and 2010 completing their work and graduating. The region ranks 15th among the 16 peer metros in the percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree. The work of KCAC has never been needed more than now to help more of our citizens be successful in postsecondary education.

Your donation to KCAC will help support its mission of providing "Greater Louisville's youth and adults, particularly those that are underrepresented in higher education, the information and resources necessary to achieve their postsecondary educational goals." Keep in mind that your donation to KCAC not only helps individuals reach their goals, your generosity also contributes to making the Greater Louisville area a better place for all of us to live and grow.

“I would definitely recommend KCAC. They can help you if you're lost and don't have any idea how to start college. They can help with filling out forms and finding financial aid. They're the best option for help to go back to college.”
        Alan Jimenez, a former KCAC client and graduate of the University of Louisville's
        Speed School of Engineering

Kentucky Youth Career Center
The Kentucky Youth Career Center in Jefferson County offers a fresh beginning to high school drop-outs between the ages of 16 and 24. The Youth Career Center has positively affected the lives of hundreds of youth by giving them a chance to earn a GED, improve their academic skills, find a job and enter postsecondary education.

Between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, the Kentucky Youth Career Center, produced impressive results – the Youth Career Center served 412 youth, 126 obtained their GED, 134 had measurable learning gains on the TABE test, 170 were placed into employment and 45 enrolled in college or other training.

The Kentucky Youth Career Center fills a huge void for the region's young people. As the demand for services increases, so too does the need for additional resources to support them. The entire community benefits from this program. Employers are getting skilled employees, more young people are realizing their potential and Greater Louisville gains more engaged, productive citizens.

Your contribution will help more young people realize their dreams of an education, good jobs and flourishing futures. Read about the experiences of two young adults who received financial assistance with college from the Kentucky Youth Career Center by clicking here. Click here to see photos from the 2014 Kentucky Youth Career Center's GED graduation.

“Never approach success with a bad attitude. The fact is that you will never succeed without someone's help. Go back (to school) with the want and need for a better tomorrow.”
        Corey Jones, Kentucky Youth Career Center program graduate

The Mayor's SummerWorks Program
The Mayor's SummerWorks Program is making a difference in Louisville -- one youth at a time. By providing quality summer job opportunities to Louisville-area young adults, ages 16-21, the Mayor's SummerWorks Program is helping decrease the near-record teen unemployment rate and is helping young adults throughout Louisville learn first-hand about the world of work. Click here to watch a video of youth, donors and employers talking about the Mayor's SummerWorks Program.

In January 2011, with no available federal or state funding to help operate a summer jobs program for local youth, Mayor Greg Fischer asked community leaders to financially support the summer jobs program for youth in the community. KentuckianaWorks: SummerWorks 2011 was created. The program received $500,000 in local funding, and 221 youth received summer jobs.

In 2012, Mayor Fischer challenged community and business leaders to double their efforts: raise $1 million and put 400 youth to work in the summer of 2012. In addition to finding jobs for 400 youth, SummerWorks2012 offered Workforce Education Training to ensure that youth were work ready and the Ice House Entrepreneurship Training to help participants begin thinking like entrepreneurs and learn how to begin planning their own businesses.

Mayor Fischer's goals in 2013 were exceeded with 1,500 youth finding jobs for the summer. The 2014 program placed 2,181 youth in jobs directly with local employers and nonprofit agencies. Click here to learn more about how you or your business can support The Mayor's SummerWorks Program through donations and commitment of summer jobs for young adults. A donation of $2,000 will place a young adult in a meaningful summer work experience at a nonprofit organization or your business can directly hire a youth for the seven-week program.

For more information about the Mayor's SummerWorks Program, contact KentuckianaWorks at (502) 574-2500. Scroll down this page to find out how to make a tax-deductible donation.

WIRED65 Regional Workforce Partners
In February 2011, the WIRED65 Regional Workforce Partners received a $300,000 federal grant to provide training opportunities and career support over the next two years for job seekers and adults already working in health care and health enterprises, food and beverage production, and automobile manufacturing, repair and supply jobs in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The grant supported the expansion of work in the WIRED65 region, which includes the 26 counties in both states along the Interstate 65 corridor.

The grant is being used to help reduce training and recruitment costs for local employers while preparing job seekers and current employees for more stable, sustainable careers through education and training. The goal is to ensure that current and future workforce needs in the 26-county region will be filled by local, qualified job seekers or current workers.

A second federal grant of $165,000 in December 2014 is funding a new health care career center, which will open in 2015 to provide health care career guidance and training to people in the region.

The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center opened in May 2013 as a one-stop resource in the Metro Louisville region for manufacturers and for job seekers interested in working in manufacturing. The region served by the center includes Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties and other regions in Kentucky and Southern Indiana – the corridor along I-65 in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

The center is located on the campus of the Airport Industrial Center in South Louisville, 160 Rochester Dr., Building W, Louisville, Ky.  Manufacturing skills training programs and English as a Second Language classes are held each month at the center. The Certified Production Technician raining program leads to certification and college credit hours, plus is a certificate preferred by many area manufacturers. Click here to learn more information about services and programs at the center and how to qualify.

The WIRED65 Regional Workforce Partners has received funding from donors that include the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Gheens Foundation, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, PNC Foundation, Louisville Redevelopment Authority, the Central Kentucky Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville. KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville’s Workforce Development Board, administers the grants. Click here to view the presentation.

Click here for more information about the WIRED65 Regional Workforce Partners and to get contact information for Cindy Read, deputy director of KentuckianaWorks.

Tax Exempt Status

The KentuckianaWorks Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Its Federal Employer I.D. Number is 37-1508088.

Make a Donation
Corporate and individual donations of every size are welcome.

Please send your check to:

The KentuckianaWorks Foundation
Attn: Michael Gritton
410 W. Chestnut, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

Contact Michael Gritton for more information at (502) 574-3069 or Michael.Gritton@kentuckianaworks.org.

Part of the Kentucky Career Center Partnership