“With all that’s going on in my life, I never thought finishing my degree would be possible. Within an hour of sending an email to Degrees Work, I was talking to a College Coach.and within a single call, she had developed a plan to help me return to school.
She connected me to Sullivan University admissions, held my hand through the applications process, and helped me transfer prior credits. She couldn’t have made it easier. I began thinking I can’t do this but ended saying yes I can!”
The Degrees Work program helped Elizabeth return to college while working at Humana.
“I was looking for a job change and read about the training at the Manufacturing Career Center and thought ‘why not?’ The instructors were awesome - they helped me with everything from my resume right down to how to present yourself to an employer. I love coming into work now and I feel like I’m needed here. I’m a much happier individual.”
Linda got a job at Dant Clayton after getting trained through the KMCC.
“I dropped out of school when I had a child and was pregnant with another - it was just too much. But I knew I needed to finish school. So I called the KYCC. The staff there are like family. They understand that life happens and they work with you any way they can to help you succeed. With their support, I got my GED. They’re the best teachers I’ve ever had.”
“With my previous work, I was just trying to make ends meet. Then my friend told me about the training at the KMCC. Paul Resch of Dant Clayton came to our class, interviewed us, and offered me a job right on the spot.
It made a huge impact on my life - it gave me a career job and I’m so satisfied and grateful.”
“I was a single mother of 2 and getting government assistance when I signed up for Power of Work. They did a great job preparing me for job interviews and taught me how to balance my family responsibilities with full time work. The job I got is the perfect fit. This program helped me take ownership of my choices and change my life for the better.”
Meghan was hired as an office manager at Chef Space after getting job readiness training from the Power of Work program.
“The College Access Center helped me with my financial aid and totally took the stress out of that process. They also helped me develop a plan for success that allowed me to focus on my academics. I wouldn’t have made it to college without their help.”
“I was lost and needed a new career, so I went to Code Louisville and tried a class. They taught me the technical skills I needed for my job and the soft skills that allowed me to prosper. This program gave me a whole new start and I’m forever grateful.”
“I was having trouble in high school and they connected me to a counselor with KCAC to help me straighten things out and plan for college. Cicily helped me develop a college plan and helped me with applying for financial aid and even took me on tours of colleges. They helped me set goals and get my life back right.
Before I was out doing anything and everything and not going to school and wasn’t even planning to go to college and now I’m excited about my first day of school. KCAC had a huge impact on me. I don’t know where I’d be without their help.”
The KentuckianaWorks College Access Center helped Trashay finish high school and get accepted at Simmons College where she plans to study Theology and communications.
“When I got into trouble about two years ago, they told me about this program and I started working with a case manager who helped me with my resume and got me a job through the Summerworks program which led to me working at Kroger.
The case manager is like a good friend, someone you can count on, and my mentor has been a like a father to me and has motivated me to stay on the right path; he’s had a huge impact.
I found this program at the perfect time in my life and i don’t know where I’d be otherwise. It pushed me in the right direction and gave me a solid foundation.”
Troy was enrolled in the Reimage program which provides a second chance to youth and young adults involved in the court system.
“I was unemployed when I heard about this program so I gave it a try. They prepared me well for what I would encounter on the job. It was a shortcut for doing this kind of work and I’m really happy with where I am now. It made a huge difference.”
Don was hired as a welder after completing the Kentuckiana Builds construction training. Learn more here >>>
“When I got here from Cuba, I had to start over. The staff at the KHCC saw my passion for caring for people, so they helped me get certified for a job as a Nursing Assistant and introduced me to Louisville Baptist Health. Now I love my job and I love my co-workers - words can’t express how happy I am.”
“I’ve never done anything like this in my life, it’s a brand new industry for me…I would never have known half what I know now without taking the Certified Production Technician (CPT) class. I was laid off from my previous job and learned about the CPT and thought it might take me in a new direction and I’m so glad I did it.”
“I want to be a mechanical engineer when I’m older, so working at GE Appliances has given me the experience I need to make that a reality.”
Kenneth was a participant in SummerWorks, which helps match youth age 16-21 with quality summer jobs.
“Going to the KCAC was the first step I took toward my dream of going to college. They guided me through the whole process. Every semester I went back to them, and they helped me find scholarships, fill out my FAFSA, and gave me good advice. If it wasn’t for this program, I wouldn’t be where I’m at now.”
Alan graduated from U of L’s Speed School of Engineering after connecting with the KentuckianaWorks College Access Center. Learn more here >>>
“Before I found the KYCC, I was struggling to survive. I was making $9 an hour, sometimes less. But they helped me get my GED and enroll in college, where I’ll be pursuing a degree in computer science and engineering. Now I’m on track to do what I love.”
“I was always interested in machines and robots, but my job at GE Appliances was my first technical job. Even though I wasn’t even in college yet, I had a desk next to a junior engineer. That’s pretty awesome. SummerWorks helped me reach my dream of becoming a mechanical engineer.”
“I had a job I didn’t like and no real goals. Then I discovered the KMCC. The people there are awesome! They gave me a lot of support and connected me to a welding school and the CPT training. I put in an application to KCC, and 2 weeks later I was working there! I like what I’m doing and the people I’m doing it with. There’s a future with this for sure.”
The KMCC helped Katie get career training and a job placement at KCC International.
“Getting the CPT training at the Kentucky Manufacturing Center was one of the best decisions I ever made. I actually almost walked out of the orientation, but they persuaded me to stay and I’m so glad they did. If you want to better your situation now, it’s one of the best decisions you can make. It certainly was for me.”
Thomas got a job at GE Appliances after going through training at the KMCC.
Dominique grew up in the Shawnee neighborhood, raised by his mother after his father died when Dominique was 6. After high school, Dominique got caught up with the wrong people.
When a Reimage Case Manager met Dominique at a community event, he was facing prison time for felony robbery charges.
Reimage quickly found a job for Dominique but he was sentenced to 12 years and began serving time at the Roederer Correctional Complex. Believing in his potential, Reimage helped convince Judge Barry Willett to review Dominique's case which he did, granting him shock probation.
Dominique is now working 12-hour days as an industrial roofer with Thoroughbred Contractors, earning good money and living with his 3-year-old son, Camden in their own apartment.
Thankful for his second chance and for his relationships with his Case Manager and Mentor, Dominique is determined to give back to the community and help other young people stay out of trouble. Dominique is what Reimage is all about.
“I was going through a lot of struggle in my life. I heard about the KCAC when I needed help with my FAFSA, I just couldn’t manage it by myself. They made it so easy and everything else about going to college fell into place.My counselor was like a mentor and gave me a secure feeling that he could help me with anything that might come up. I wouldn’t have made it to college without that help.”
The KCAC helped Maya overcome obstacles, obtain financial aid and pursue a degree in Business Administration at Jefferson Community & Technical College.
“It was hard getting a job after moving to the U.S. from Jamaica last year. SummerWorks helped me get my foot in the door and start building a career.”
Shaunte worked at nonprofit music program A.M.P.E.D. for the summer. Learn more about SummerWorks.
Degrees Work helps employees of Universal Woods
Josh Clay (middle right) and Jerid Flener (far right), who work on the production floor at local manufacturer Universal Woods, are both pursuing master's degrees with the help of the company's tuition assistance program. Universal Woods is a partner of Degrees Work, a KentuckianaWorks program that pairs employees of partner employers with college coaches to assist them.
Josh and Jerid readily admit that this kind of support from their employer has made them more committed to their jobs and less likely to jump ship for another company.