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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:

Welder at work

ResourceMFG will hold a job fair at the Kentucky Career Center, 410 E. Mt. Vernon Street in Somerset on Friday, June 7th, 2019 from 9am to 3pm Eastern time. 

Toyotetsu (Pulaski County) and Bruss North America (Russell County) are looking to fill the following positions:

  • Machine Operation
  • Forklift
  • Welding
  • General Production

No appointment is necessary. Please call for directions. 606 392-4882 or contact Caleb Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aviation Mechanics

Kentucky has launched a program that gives military veterans a fast track to earn certification in aviation mechanics. 

Veterans who have experience working on military aircraft can now get credit for their skills that can be used toward certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The new program called VALLO, which stands for Veterans Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations, is available at Somerset Community College and Jefferson Community and Technical College. 

Read the full story on WKYU's website.

To learn more about the Aviation Maintenance Technology program, degrees, and certificates, visit the SCC website.

Hiring Event

Need a job? Want a better job? All types of employment available. More than 60 businesses will be hiring on May 30, 2019  from 10am to 2pm at the London Community Center, 529 S Main St, London, Kentucky. For more info call 606 864-8115.

Expungement Assistance will be available on site to help with felony restrictions. 

Sponsored by: Cumberlands Workforce, London Laurel County Industrial Authority, Skills U, and Southeast Kentucky Reentry Task Force.

University Center of Southern Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University. Western Kentucky University. Morehead State University. The University of Kentucky.

These are the four schools (for now, at least) which will be partnering with Somerset Community College to create the entity known as the University Center of Southern Kentucky.

The long-awaited announcement revealing the state universities that would be part of this grand project designed to bring the possibility of obtaining a four-year degree to Pulaski County was made May 6 at SCC, attended by a number of university representatives and local and state officials, including U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin. In the crowd, all the familiar faces could be seen—Somerset Mayor Alan Keck, Pulaski County Judge-Executive Steve Kelley, scores of local business titans.

Rogers called it a "signal day" for this part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Read the full story on the Wayne County Outlook website...

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