As the region's Workforce Development Board, we are responsible for driving innovation and providing guidance on workforce and education-related issues. Here are some of our top accomplishments from 2017:

  • SummerWorks set new records for employer participation (165), youth directly placed and mentored (824) and total number of youth employed by Champion Employers (5,200)
  • The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center placed its 1,000th person in a job (since opening in 2013)

  • We spurred development, through the KentuckianaWorks Board, of the Academies of Louisville initiative, a major reform of career and technical education in the Jefferson County Public Schools

  • The College Access Center (KCAC) and Degrees Work program helped 4,000 people start or return to college by removing barriers to higher education such as financial aid. The vast majority were the first-in-their-family to attend college. In September, the KCAC celebrated 40 years of helping people go to college

  • Reimage achieved a recidivism (re-offending) rate of just 5% for teens and young adults who had been involved in crime and the court system

  • We launched new and expanded initiatives to help individuals overcome barriers and get jobs including Shelters Works, serving the homeless, Project CASE available to individuals with disabilities, manufacturing training for SNAP (food stamp) recipients and the Manufacturing Training for English Language Learners (M-TELL) program

  • Code Louisville graduated 353 people and placed nearly 100 in jobs. And, in partnership with Jefferson Community & Technical College, Code Louisville courses now count toward credit hours for a certificate/degree in Computer and Information Technology
  • Developed and hosted, in partnership with 55,000 Degrees and GLI, the Tomorrow's Talent summit, a day-long conference on December 8, 2017 where national and local experts and policymakers focused on youth in the workforce, college affordability, equity and other issues involving our future talent 

  • The Kentucky Health Career Center earned a Medistar award for its work in connecting people to jobs and careers in healthcare

  • Marked the 10th anniversary of Power of Work, which helps people transition from public assistance to jobs and self-sufficiency. Since the start of the program in 2007, more than 5,200 individuals have been placed into jobs, at more than 1,300 companies and organizations

  • Launched a monthly Labor Market Intelligence e-newsletter designed for local policy-makers, business leaders and citizens

  • Made improvements, including adding Spanish-language capability, to the Career Calculator, an online tool for connecting students, parents, counselors and job-seekers with current data to guide education and career decisions