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Get In, Get Out and Get to Work with KCTCS
By Jay Box
There's a new way for Kentuckians to earn college credit tuition free. The new Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship pays for up to 32 hours for programs in five in-demand business sectors.
The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) offer numerous programs in these fields, which are health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/information technology and construction/trades. Many of these programs can be completed in four months or less and can lead to careers that pay higher salaries than some requiring a bachelor's degree.
It's no secret Kentucky employers have many jobs that go unfilled because they cannot find qualified workers. In fact, Kentucky's workforce participation rate is 47th in the country (57.6 percent vs. the U.S. average of 62.7 percent) and Kentucky businesses are clamoring for educated workers to fill jobs. This scholarship is designed to connect the needs of employers with the needs of Kentuckians.
"We appreciate Gov. Bevin and Sec. Heiner's commitment to elevating educational attainment in Kentucky and believe this scholarship is a great step toward helping thousands of Kentuckians improve their lives," said KCTCS President Jay K. Box. "It provides a terrific opportunity for people who want to get in, get out and get to work quickly."
Anyone who has not yet earned a college degree of any type is eligible for free tuition toward earning a certificate or diploma in one of the five sectors. There are no income or age limits to qualify. The only educational requirement to apply is a high school diploma or GED. Prospective students must first apply for federal financial aid before they are eligible to apply for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship.
For more information on KCTCS programs that qualify for the WRKS, visit WorkReadyKentucky.com.
Workforce Survey Results Show Projected Job Growth, Need for More Skilled Workers
The results from the Bridging the Talent Gap survey are in and projections for Kentucky business expansion and job growth look good. On the downside, employers surveyed said there aren't enough skilled workers to fill those jobs.
There are numerous issues at play when it comes to finding the right talent to fill job openings. For example, an average of 10,000 baby boomers are retiring each day in the U.S. Another barrier to educational attainment is the perception that there's little value to higher education.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently conducted its own statewide research with 3,000 Kentuckians. Findings show the majority of adults surveyed who had little to no postsecondary education are not interested in taking college classes. This cultural issue is a key reason Kentucky is 47th in workforce participation.
Dr. Paul Schreffler, KCTCS vice chancellor for economic development and Workforce Solutions, served on a panel for the unveiling of the Bridging the Talent Gap survey results. He said changing culture is a long process and compared it to the country's attitudes toward smoking.
"Years ago, this conference room would've been filled with ashtrays, and we would've thought nothing about people smoking during the event," Schreffler said. "Today, we laugh about it, but it truly has been a cultural change that was years in the making. The same will be true in changing attitudes about the need for postsecondary education."
Some other findings from the Bridging the Talent Gap survey revealed:
Express Enrollment Week Aims to Recruit and Retain Students
The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System just completed a weeklong event to drive fall enrollment. Express Enrollment is a statewide event for all community and technical colleges to help with one-on-one advising regarding enrollment, financial aid, scheduling and other items that prospective students need to complete for the fall semester. Additionally, if a student had not taken a required test, that could be scheduled as well.
The goal is to make the enrollment process as simple and fast as possible. Some students were able to complete the process during their advising session.
"We know many of our prospective students are anxious about college, but we want to relieve that anxiety and make enrolling as easy as possible," said KCTCS President Jay K. Box. "By simplifying this first important step, more students are likely to take advantage of the affordable opportunities KCTCS has to offer."
Express Enrollment has ended, but it's not too late to enroll. Prospective students can visit kctcs.edu.
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