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Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Visit with SCC Representatives During Bus Tour Through Kentucky

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Jeremy Rayborn, left, and Carol Wright, discussed their stories and the innovative partnership Jackson Energy has with SCC. The panel discussion was part of the Community College to Career bus tour with Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
Second Lady Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis visited with a Somerset Community College (SCC) workforce partner and former student during a stop at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) in Lexington this week.

SCC was represented by former student and Jackson Energy line tech Jeremy Rayborn and Jackson Energy Chief Operations Officer Carol Wright during the Community College to Career bus tour. Jackson Energy, headquartered in McKee, is a Workforce Solutions partner with SCC.

The Community College to Career bus tour is a three-day tour highlighting the unique role community colleges play in developing a flexible, highly-skilled 21st-century workforce to meet emerging regional business needs.

Dr. Biden, a community college instructor for 18 years, and Secretary Solis, a former community college trustee, began the day at BCTC with a tour of machine technology classes. They later joined KCTCS students, and workforce partners in a panel discussion, listening to students share their stories and learning more from businesses about KCTCS innovative partnerships.

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Representatives from several Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges pose for a photo after the Community College to Career bus tour stop at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington.
Four other KCTCS colleges participated in the panel discussion, along with their workforce partners and students. Those colleges included: Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals; Darah Johnson, student); Hopkinsville Community College (Gateway Medical Center; Danny Lamont Anderson, former student); Jefferson Community and Technical College (Ford Motor Company, Louisville Assembly Plant; Karen Meadows, former student); and West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Plumbers amp; Steamfitters Local 184; Corey Hicks, former student).

The Community College to Career bus tour evolved earlier this month after President Obama announced a new $8 billion Community College to Career Fund. The fund is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education to forge new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train two million workers with skills that will lead directly to jobs.

The bus tour began in Columbus, Ohio and will end on February 24, 2012 in Thomasville, North Carolina. The visit to BCTC was the only stop in Kentucky.

To see more pictures and video of Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis stop in Lexington, visit www.kctcs-cct.com.