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BGHS Among First to Receive Funding from Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee

(Feb. 1, 2017) - The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals to elevate the Commonwealth’s workforce training capacity, awarded more than $65.5 million to 25 Kentucky projects on January 31st in its first round of funding. Bowling Green High School is among the recipients, awarded $77,520 to assist with opening a Medical Arts Career Academy in the fall of 2017.

The $100 million Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers, grow the state’s economy and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. The 25 projects selected for grants are spread across all 10 local workforce areas, and Kentucky’s top five growth sectors of advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, business services and information technology, healthcare, and construction trades.

Elisa Beth Brown, BGHS Assistant Principal for Instruction and Achievement says, “The Medical Arts Academy at BGHS will soon provide students additional healthcare training opportunities to meet the demands of workforce expectations. The Work Ready Skills grant will fund the purchase of new equipment, allowing classroom settings to mimic those found in workforce training and on the job.”

The Work Ready grant from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is one recent effort by Bowling Green High School to assist students with college and career readiness. BGHS is also working with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce to develop new initiatives intended to provide students career exploration and experience opportunities while in high school.

Superintendent Gary Fields said, “Today, before we learned about the grant announcement, a team from BGHS visited Hillwood High School in Metro Nashville Schools to learn about their Academy of Health Sciences. We are excited to receive this funding to help us further implement our ideas and open a similar academy at BGHS next fall.”

Bowling Green High School students will also benefit from the Work Ready Skills grant awarded to the Warren County Area Technology Center. The ATC will receive over $550,000 allowing the expansion of training opportunities in welding, the ability to offer evening training and enhance the automotive program to be a Performance Engine Program.

Additional recipients and amounts for funding:

  • Allen County Career & Technical Center – $328,700

  • Barren County Board of Education – $6,840,000

  • Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Danville – $2,736,000

  • Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Leestown – $3,040,000

  • Boone County Schools – $6,840,000

  • Bowling Green High School – $77,520

  • Brighton Center, Inc. – $227,213

  • Caldwell County Schools – $1,520,000

  • Corbin Independent Schools – $382,149

  • Green County Board of Education – $1,520,000

  • Hazard Community & Technical College – $2,888,000

  • Jefferson Community & Technical College – $15,200,000

  • Jessamine County Schools – $760,000

  • KCEOC Community Action Partnership – $1,824,000

  • KY Tech – Warren County Area Technology Center – $557,726

  • Lee County Area Technology Center – $30,780

  • Martin County Area Technology Center – $2,736,000

  • MMRC Regional Industrial Development Authority / Maysville CTC – $1,140,000

  • Nelson County Area Technology Center – $64,526

  • Owensboro Community & Technical College – $2,858,244

  • Paducah Public Schools – $3,800,000

  • Shelby County Schools – $3,233,049

  • Somerset Community College – $3,800,000

  • Southcentral Community & Technical College – $179,000

  • West Kentucky Community & Technical College – $3,040,000

For more information about the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative, please visit www.KentuckyWorkReady.com.

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