The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) with the U.S. Department of Labor announced its formal acceptance of a grant proposal from the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC) on April 6.
“We are ecstatic about the opportunity this grant affords us,” said KEDC CEO Nancy Hutchinson. “The Youth Career Connect program is designed to assist high school students smoothly transition into the world of work. Our KEDC Board of Directors, comprised of over 60 local superintendents, commits itself to the long-term economic and social well-being of our commonwealth.”
The Kentucky Board of Education has made “College and Career Readiness” for all Kentucky’s students its first priority. Those students who want to go from high school into a career rather than college will now have specific career counseling and other opportunities. By targeting 10 schools and over 1,800 students in eastern Kentucky, KEDC will provide training that combines academic and technical subjects about specific industries and careers.
Clabe Slone, of Lexington and Project Director of the Teach American History program for KEDC, wrote the grant proposal.
“Five million dollars spread over five years will certainly help us reach our kids. I can’t wait to get started.”
The 10high schools are in the following school districts: Lawrence, Johnson, Lee, Garrard, Casey, Middlesboro Independent, Pulaski (two schools) and Knox (two schools).