There has never been a better time for unemployed or underemployed residents in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties to start training for a career in healthcare or information technology. KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville's Workforce Investment Board, is making $485,000 available in KentuckianaWorks Scholarships to fund education and training in these two high-demand career fields. The scholarships are available until June 30.
The KentuckianaWorks Scholarships are free assistance that will provide up to $4,000 for tuition and $600 for books and other supportive services per year, up to two years. Funds can be used to complete a college degree in a healthcare field or information technology (IT), get an associate degree or enroll in training.
"This is exciting news for the Greater Louisville region," said Mayor Greg Fischer. "We're working hard to create new jobs, but we know that many of today's jobs require higher skills and a degree or certification. Getting those skills, education and training now will put people in the best position to enter the workforce in high-demand, higher-paying jobs. It is important to act now and jump-start your career before the education and training money runs out."
"One of the best ways we can continue our economic recovery is to keep investing in our greatest asset, the American worker," said Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3). "That is why I support federal funding for this program, which provides job-training for Louisville workers and prepares them for careers in high-demand fields."
More information about the KentuckianaWorks Scholarships is available at a KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Center. Three are located in Louisville, and one center is in Shepherdsville. For specific locations, go to www.kentuckianaworks.org, and click on "Find your nearest One-Stop Career Center!" in the red box on the left-hand side of the page.
Career counselors are available at each One-Stop to help people apply for the scholarships. In addition, counselors can help with career assessments and counseling, with job searches, building a resume, interviewing skills and with planning for college.
The KentuckianaWorks Board is making $435,000 available for training in healthcare careers such as:
-Licensed Practical Nurse
-Certified Nursing Assistant
-Medical/Clinical Lab Technician and Technologists
Additionally, $50,000 is available for IT training in careers such as:
-Certified Information Systems Security Professional
-A+, Network+, and Security+
-Computer networking certifications
In addition to a maximum of $4,000 a year (for up to two years) to fund education and training, people who qualify for the KentuckianaWorks Scholarships will receive $600 each of the two years to help with transportation costs for a job search, uniforms and clothing needed for a job, licensure and exam fees, costs associated with transferring or obtaining professional certifications, short-term childcare and tools or gear required for work.
For more information, contact KentuckianaWorks at (502) 574-4100 or go online to www.kentuckianaworks.org.
Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, through the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, administered by KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville's Workforce Investment Board, an agency of Louisville Metro Government.