KCTCS EXTENDS CAREER TRANSITIONS INITIATIVE TO ASSIST DISPLACED WORKERS

Maysville, Ky. (Jan 8, 2010) Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced that he will extend the valuable KCTCS Career Transitions initiative. The initiative provides Kentuckians who have lost their jobs with workforce training to help them find work in high-growth, high-wage fields.

The KCTCS initiative began in March this year and will now be extended through the 2010 spring term. It is being offered through the KCTCS statewide system of 16 colleges and features a 50 percent tuition scholarship for up to six credit hours per term in open enrollment courses. It also provides each displaced Kentucky worker with personalized assistance to help navigate the college admissions process.

Maysville Community and Technical College will provide each student with a streamlined admissions process; assistance in filing for state and federal financial aid; and advising and training sessions to maximize the students opportunity for successful re-employment. Kentucky residents who have become unemployed and who have filed for unemployment benefits since Oct. 1, 2008 are eligible for the program.

Kentuckys seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 11.2 percent in October 2009, up from 10.9 percent in September 2009, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The October 2009 jobless rate is 4.3 percentage points higher than the 6.9 percent rate in October 2008.

Maysville Community and Technical College is working with local Workforce Investment Boards and other agencies to inform dislocated workers of the education resources that are available and to coordinate their efforts. Additionally, each college has developed specific workforce training programs to meet the specific needs of their local community.

For more information contact the Maysville Community and Technical College Career Transition Coordinator, Tabatha Butler, 606-759-7141 ext. 66209.