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Cumberlands Workforce Development Director, Myra Wilson was invited to speak at a recent Wayne County Chamber of Commerce meeting. Director Wilson spoke to a group of community partners about Russell County's pre-release program or LEAP (Linking Employment to Activities Pre-Realease). The purpose of the Pre-Release Program is to successfully bring those with felonies or misdemeanors or who have extremely low income into the workforce. Cumberlands workforce Development and the Pre-release program are working together with key members of our communities to eliminate barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

A number of community partners were present at the Wayne County Extension Office for the Chamber meeting. Pictured below from left to right are Director, Myra Wilson, Monticello Mayor, Traci Sexton, Cumberlands Workforce Development Board Chairman, Sam Brown, and Wayne County Extension Agent, Glen Roberts.

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Cumberlands Workforce Development is joining forces with South Central Kentucky Workforce Development to maximize their impact through combined efforts. Recently, Cumberlands Workforce Development Director, Myra Wilson and Lake Cumberland Area Development District Director, Darryl McGaha attended the South Central Kentucky Workforce Development board meeting as part of a critical partnership to develop and execute a Regional Strategic Plan.

Much of the meeting was spent developing the Regional Strategic Plan, as well as discussing work-based learning as an avenue to provide young adults in our region the means to gain on-the-job knowledge that’s crucial to future employment. Our collaboration with South Central shows wonderful promise.  

The Area Response to Opioids in Rural Communities (AROC) met recently to discuss ways to help those recovering from opioid addiction find a path back into the community after rehabilitation.

The committee, comprised of a diverse group of community professionals including physicians, educators, legal professionals and representatives of the Kentucky Career Center, gathered to share their insight to formulate a plan to help recovered addicts successfully reintegrate into their community. Dr. Richard Miles, M.D. gave insight into the medical side of the issue, and Lake Cumberland Area Development District Director Darryl McGaha was one of many present to discuss the impact the opioid crisis has on the regional workforce.

In committee business, the AROC members elected Director of Workforce Development, Myra Wilson as committee chair, and Job Entry & Retention Specialist, Tracy Wariner as committee vice-chair. The meeting was held at the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency located in Jamestown. 

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The Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) has launched a free, online Career Explorer Tool to allow students and job seekers to explore careers matching their knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs).

Designed by KYSTATS, a recognized leader in data platforms, the new Career Explorer Tool was developed with grant funding from the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. The tool is designed to help Kentuckians explore careers based on four different criteria: Expected Knowledge, Skills & AbilitiesDesired SalaryMajor or Certification; and Desired Occupation.

KSAs are often utilized by hiring professionals to define the requirements of a job opening and how well a candidate matches those qualifications. The Career Explorer Tool allows job seekers and students to understand the requirements of a career prior to submitting an application or enrolling within an education or training program.

“We are excited to provide Kentuckians with a free, online platform to explore the career pathways available within the Commonwealth. Choosing a career can be intimidating, and this tool makes it easier for users to narrow down thousands of occupations to the ones that specifically match their interests and abilities,” said EWDC Deputy Secretary Josh Benton.

Through the online platform, students and job seekers can complete a self-assessment of KSAs as well as gain a better understanding of the skills, education, and training needed for various career pathways. Upon completion of the assessment, users are provided with a list of careers that best match their interests and skills. The tool also provides information about Kentucky schools that offer training and education for users to obtain degrees or certifications necessary for their chosen career path.

“Our goal was to develop a user-friendly tool for both students and job seekers to explore careers that best match their interests and provide information about required skills necessary to pursue that career,” said Jessica Cunningham, Ph.D., Executive Director of KYSTATS. “We will continue to expand this tool as we get feedback from users.”

The Career Explorer Tool also includes informational career videos, an individual KSA analysis, a breakdown of entry-level, median and experienced wages, a list of Kentucky schools that offer majors or certifications for a career, and a list of similar careers.

To access the Career Explorer Tool, visit

KYSTATS collects and links data to evaluate education and workforce efforts through the development of reports, and provides statistical data to policymakers, agencies, and the general public.

For more information about KYSTATS, please visit or follow @KYSTATS on Twitter.

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Positions: Patient Care Technicians (Part-Time positions)
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Counties we will be hiring for: Hardin, Bullitt, Nelson, Taylor/Green, Marion/Washington, Jefferson, Henry/Oldham/Trimble, Anderson, Franklin, Shelby/Spencer, Fayette, Adair, Russell, McCreary, Whitley, Laurel , Knox, Jessamine, Garrard, Lincoln, Rockcastle, Pulaski, Pendleton, Harrison, Woodford, Bourbon, Scott, Boone/Campbell/Kenton, Clark, Madison, Estill, Lee/Owsley

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Recently the Pine Knot Job Corps Center hosted a luncheon to showcase the developing skills of their automotive students and provide updates on the center located in McCreary County.

The students are part of the Maintenance and Light Repair training program specializing in automotive and machine repair. This is a Pre-Apprenticeship program that offers students the hands-on training and education needed to qualify for apprenticeships. Learn more about the program.

The Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is a tuition-free training and education program that connects eligible young men and women with the skills and educational opportunities they need to establish real careers.

The meal was provided by the center's talented culinary and dining hall staff. Representatives from the Cumberlands Workforce Development Area, Myra Wilson, Director of Workforce Development, along with Shirlene Taylor, Unified Business Team Lead, were present to meet with Brandon R. Pfeilmeier, Director of the Forest Service's Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, and the current automotive students.

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