adair county high school air and space academy

The dream of becoming a professional pilot is not beyond the reach of Kentucky's youth. A new program in Adair County is helping students get a head start on just such a career. Adair County High School's Air and Space Academy is a unique program that can spark interest and give a head start in this very in-demand profession. The academy teaches students principles of flight, engineering, aeronautics, and allows for hands-on learning opportunities like building planes and flying on a computer flight simulator. 

After only two years of the program, more than one student has earned their private pilot's license, and one student is currently pursuing a degree in Professional Flight at Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU offers the only professional aviation degree program in Kentucky and is among a small number of universities authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify graduates as eligible for Airline Transport Pilot certificate. The demand for commercial pilots and aviation support staff is predicted to be very high in the coming years.

To learn more about the Adair County program, read this story from the Adair County High School website.

 

US Army's next-generation camouflage.

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced up to 350 new jobs will be created over the next 10 years in McCreary County. The U.S. Army has selected Fibrotex USA, in partnership with Outdoor Ventures Corporation (OVC), to produce next-generation state-of-the-art camouflage netting for the military over the next decade in Stearns, Kentucky. 

"We have the best workforce in the country and OVC will soon make room next door for the hundreds of new jobs that our people have earned through hard work and dedication for this new military contract in McCreary County," said Congressman Rogers. "I take great pride in knowing that our people are using their talents to make products for our warfighters and our allied forces."

Read the full story on the Outdoor Venture website.

Students participating in Campbellsville University's Bot Camp.

A group of students participate in the BOT Camp at Campbellsville University. (CU Photo by Joshua Williams)

“Once the students can understand programming on a basic level, then they can expand upon it to the ways it is used in the industry,” Dr. Vincent Scovetta, associate professor of computer science at Campbellsville University, said.

Scovetta was one of the professors helping with Campbellsville University’s Inaugural Summer Honors Academic Robotic Event or “Bot Camp,” during which 30 top achieving high school juniors explored the fields of computer science and robotics.

The week-long experiential learning event was established to offer students the opportunity to dive into the world of robotics while also placing the study of computer science at Campbellsville University as an option in their future.

Read the full story on the Campbellsville University website.

We will be closed  in celebration of Independence Day.

All Kentucky Career Center - Cumberlands service offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019, in celebration of Independence Day.

Cumberlands Workforce Development Board meeting presentation

"This is not your grandfather's apprenticeship program," said Diana Jarboe, Registered Apprenticeship Program Coordinator with the Kentucky Workforce & Development Cabinet. In Jarboe's remarks to the Cumberland Workforce Development Board at their June meeting, she said that many people still think of apprenticeships as a training program for just a few skilled building trades. 

"More than 1,000 occupations are part of the modern Registered Apprenticeship program," she said. "Programs are tailored to industrial and organizational needs." Structured on-the-job training can range from one to four years and apprentices can be new or existing employees.

Jarboe listed a number of reasons for employers to register for the Kentucky Apprenticeship program:

  • Recruit, train, and retain a workforce
  • $1.53 return on every $1.00 invested
  • Tuition reimbursement for apprentices
  • Other incentive funding

"Ninety-one percent of workers trained through an apprenticeship program were still with their original employer after five years," Jarboe said, quoting the latest U.S. Department of Labor statistics from 2018. "Apprenticeship is an ideal combination of real work experience and related technical instruction."

Learn more about modern apprenticeships for your organization. Stephen Tressler is the registered apprenticeship program coordinator for the 13-county Cumberlands Workforce Area. He may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (502) 382-8386.

New Expungement Law takes effect today

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands more people in Kentucky with criminal histories can wipe their records clean with a new law taking effect Thursday (June 27, 2019). 

Senate Bill 57 makes almost all Class D, low level, felony offenses eligible for expungement with certain conditions if the conviction is at least five years old. The new law is a companion to House Bill 40, which took effect in Kentucky three years ago.

The bill does not apply to sexual offenses, crimes involving children or official misconduct.

"You can now expunge, for the first time, certain minor trafficking and drug cases," said former Jefferson County District Court Judge Benham Sims. "Certain cases where a person had an addiction problem — we can now get those records expunged, and we couldn't before."

Read the full story on the WDRB website.

To learn more about expungement and how to apply: 
https://dpa.ky.gov/clientandcommunityresources/expungement/Pages/default.aspx

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