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SCC and KCTCS Workforce Solutions help meet the needs of KY business and industry

Somerset Community College and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) have launched a new brand aimed at training todays Kentucky workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. The Workforce Solutions brand was created after conducting meetings with key business leaders and CEOs across the state, and assessing the critical workforce and economic issues that must be addressed in order to transform the states economy.

Workforce Solutions used to be called the Office of Workforce Community and Economic Development, said Dr. Jo Marshall, the President and CEO of SCC. The many local businesses, who have used the training and employee assessment services provided by Chief Workforce Solutions Officer David Wiles and his staff, already know about the invaluable help SCC provides to industry in our region.

Across the state, KCTCS colleges deliver high-quality, cost-effective customized training and assessment services that are designed to improve the performance and efficiency of Kentuckys business and industry. KCTCS Workforce Solutions staff designs training programs to meet the specific needs of businesses and companies. Additionally, KCTCS colleges offer open enrollment classes for hundreds of topics to help individuals, as well as companies meet their workforce training goals. Last year, Workforce Solutions provided 145,000 individuals with training and assessment services.

KCTCS statewide system of colleges, which includes SCC, are providing anytime, anyplace customized training and support for more than 5,800 Kentucky companies, which:

  • Develop a better workforce with the knowledge and skills for the jobs of the future;
  • Assist the Commonwealth of Kentucky in competing for and sustaining businesses and industries that thrive on innovative ideas and technologies;
  • Provide Kentucky workers with world-class transferable, portable skills;
  • Increase the productivity of Kentuckys workforce;
  • Improve the employability of Kentucky citizens; and
  • Strengthen and improve state and local economies.

Workforce Solutions at SCC is focused on providing education in high-growth, high-wage jobs, particularly in key industry growth segments such as health care, manufacturing, energy, banking and financial services and construction and trades.

Workforce Solutions at SCC has been instrumental in helping to attract new industry to the region including businesses like Presidium. The management of Presidium said that SCC and Workforce Solutions were an important factor in their decision to locate in Somerset.

According to the Kentucky Department for Workforce Investment Occupational Outlook, by 2014, 83 percent of jobs will require an associate degree or less, the types of degrees provided by KCTCS.

Kentuckys workforce age population will decline by seven percent while the 65 and older population will increase more than 64 percent. This means a loss of approximately 100,000 workers. The majority of the jobs and careers they will leave behind require specialized training.

Workforce Solutions is just one way KCTCS is Transforming Lives. Transforming Kentucky.

Every year the Kentucky Community and Technical College System provides real opportunity to real people transforming the economy of the entire state by transforming the lives of the people who live in it. Help us continue transforming lives and our states economy by joining the Kentuckians for Community and Technical Colleges at kctcs.edu.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. The website is www.somerset.kctcs.edu. Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.

KCTCS serves the Commonwealth through 16 community and technical college districts that form a seamless system of 62 campuses open or under construction. KCTCS colleges change lives by providing accessible and affordable education and training through academic and technical associate degrees; diploma and certificate programs in occupational fields; pre-baccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; customized training for business and industry; and distance learning. For more information, visit www.kctcs.edu.