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Kentucky chosen for first phase of National Governors Association workforce project

Kentucky selected to take part in a skills driven state community of practice
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 1:05 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - Kentucky is one of 11 states selected to participate in the first phase of the Skills-Driven State Community of Practice to develop learning and employment records projects to support the growing economy.

The National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) initiated the project and selected the participants.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be a national leader in developing projects that can help prepare our workforce for the demands and opportunities of the future,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “The workforce and workplace are quickly changing and we want to be at the forefront of states that are developing innovative practices to connect skills-based training and employment practices.”

Kentucky had a record-breaking year in economic development in 2021, and 2022 is continuing that momentum, according to a release from Beshear’s office. During 2021, private-sector, new-location and expansion announcements included a $11.2 billion in total planned investment and commitments to create 18,000-plus full-time jobs across the coming years.

NGA Center describes learning and employment records as digital resumes that can help job seekers maintain and share a secure, verifiable and readily accessible record of their skills, educational experiences and work histories. It also may help employers uncover hidden talent that better matches their workforce needs. Kentucky’s participation is expected to have a positive impact for those involved in the Everybody Counts initiative.

Beshear’s Everybody Counts initiative launched last year as a pilot program involving Jefferson County Public Schools with plans to expand throughout the state. The goal of Everybody Counts is to provide an opportunity for every graduating high school senior in Jefferson County Public Schools to secure one of three pathways: a job at one of four participating companies (Kroger, GE Appliances, Ford and UPS), two years of free tuition at a postsecondary school or both. Beshear is dedicating $5 million each in 2023 and 2024 to expand the program.

“There is a critical need to procure a learning and employment records system that will help students to identify and market their various skills and interests in order to result in a healthier, highly aligned job match. The need for a system of this nature is also heightened given the plan to expand Everybody Counts to various school districts across the state,” said Kish Cumi Price, PhD, commissioner of Workforce Investment and special advisor to the governor.

“A big piece of our economic development is having workers who have the right skills for businesses that are expanding or making Kentucky home. With Learning and Employment Records, job seekers are able to present, record and share their skills and achievements with employers, who can use this great tool to recruit the best person for their job openings,” said Education and Labor Cabinet Secretary Jamie Link.

For more information, visit Skills-Driven State Community of Practice - National Governors Association (nga.org).

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