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 2017-2018:
SummerWorks set new records for youth directly placed and mentored (1,004) and total number of youth employed by Champion Employers (6,200)
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 which is now being rolled out in 15 high schools. KentuckianaWorks and GLI recruited 61 companies this past year to be Academy business partners, which means they’ll provide internships, mentoring, and other resources to students
The College Access Center (KCAC) and Degrees Work program helped 3,663 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.
Code Louisville has helped over 300 of its graduates start new careers in tech since the program began in 2014. Code Louisville has also partnered with JCTC to provide credit hours for its participants.
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 4th annual summit is December 14, 2018.
Continued to grow employer engagement in key industry sectors by leading the formation of the Louisville Tech Alliance, the Construction Careers Advisors group, and the Hospitality Leadership group
Continued improving career services in all counties through mobile outreach and by opening a new career office at the Stratton Community Center in Shelbyville
Began providing workforce assistance and job placement for recipients of the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
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