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NBC’s Tom Brokaw reported on the shift away from old-line manufacturing by the American worker towards information, science, and technology. How can the American worker acquire this new skill set for the next generation of quality jobs?  A Registered Apprenticeship program in Kentucky was highlighted on NBC news as an example of a best practice in helping workers and companies in the manufacturing industry become more competitive.

 

KENTUCKY

“ Apprenticeship Programs are one of our best kept secrets”, states Kentucky’s Secretary of Labor Mark Brown as he delivers talks throughout the Commonwealth.  “These programs have provided the skilled workers that employers have needed for many, many years in this country. Unfortunately these programs have declined in recent years, but we are currently experiencing a rejuvenation of this proven workforce training method. I believe it will be a key component to our economic recovery. “

“Secretary Brown has been instrumental in promoting Registered Apprenticeship partnerships throughout our state.  Coming out of a previous administration which had little interest in promoting the program, it’s refreshing to see the renewed enthusiasm in the apprenticeship career pathway.” Mike Donta, Deputy Commissioner of Workplace Standards and Supervisor of Apprenticeship for Kentucky notes that, “we have eliminated numerous programs that were no longer active and are focusing on those who realize the value of Registered Apprenticeship.  With Kentucky’s 149 registered programs and 2395 apprentices, we are prepared to move forward with our partnerships with numerous different entities to promote the positive aspects of Registered Apprenticeship for the business community as well as the apprentice themselves.”

Kentucky is formulating partnerships with the states Workforce Development, secondary and post secondary education, the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and its One Stop Centers, as well as current program sponsors and those interested in beginning a Registered Apprenticeship program. Regional meetings involving all of the partners as well as the general public have been held recently to promote the positive aspects of Registered Apprenticeship.  The Kentucky Workforce Investment Board of Directors has included the promotion of Registered Apprenticeship in it’s strategic plan for 2011 after realizing that this career pathway is advantageous in promoting the overall development of the states workforce.

“We are excited to be included in the plan for our Workforce Investment Board.  This is a first for Kentucky and a prime example of what partnerships can do when we choose to work together.” Stated Donta.  “The promotion through our statewide and regional WIBs will elevate the awareness of the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship throughout our state.” 

Another prime example of Kentucky’s working partnerships is the offering of college credits through the Kentucky Community and Technical College system for on the job learning and related classroom instruction.  KCTCS is also offering an associates degree in Apprenticeship Studies which will transfer to Western Kentucky University as credit toward a bachelors degree in Technical Management.  “KCTCS has partnered with our Registered Apprenticeship community for several years now in offering tailored classroom instruction for numerous programs.  We are thrilled that they have chosen to elevate the learning process to a level that will allow our participants to earn a college degree while engaging in the earn while you learn philophosy of Registered Apprenticeship.” Donta stated.

Kentucky will be participating in the Registered Apprenticeship Action Clinic on May 18-20 with a group of approximately 60 decision makers from within the states partnerships.

One of Kentucky’s programs and education partners were recently featured on MSNBC.  You can view the broadcast at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/vp/41858510#41858510

Submitted to John Griffin by:

Michael C. Donta

Mike can be contacted:

Michael C. Donta 

Deputy Commissioner

Department of Workplace Standards

Kentucky Labor Cabinet

1047 US 127 S. Ste. 4

Frankfort, KY   40601

(502) 564-1520

www.labor.ky.gov

 

The article we submitted for the March issue of ACTE’s Techniques magazine has been published.  The entire March issue is dedicated to Apprenticeship. This link takes you to the E-zine version of the magazine and the article can be found on page 22.

This is great publicity for us! We'd like to hear what you think about the article, so leave us a comment.


Thank you.

John V. Ladd
Administrator
Office of Apprenticeship



KENTUCKY

 

“ Apprenticeship Programs are one of our best kept secrets”, states Kentucky’s Secretary of Labor Mark Brown as he delivers talks throughout the Commonwealth.  “These programs have provided the skilled workers that employers have needed for many, many years in this country. Unfortunately these programs have declined in recent years, but we are currently experiencing a rejuvenation of this proven workforce training method. I believe it will be a key component to our economic recovery. “

“Secretary Brown has been instrumental in promoting Registered Apprenticeship partnerships throughout our state.  Coming out of a previous administration which had little interest in promoting the program, it’s refreshing to see the renewed enthusiasm in the apprenticeship career pathway.” Mike Donta, Deputy Commissioner of Workplace Standards and Supervisor of Apprenticeship for Kentucky notes that, “we have eliminated numerous programs that were no longer active and are focusing on those who realize the value of Registered Apprenticeship.  With Kentucky’s 149 registered programs and 2395 apprentices, we are prepared to move forward with our partnerships with numerous different entities to promote the positive aspects of Registered Apprenticeship for the business community as well as the apprentice themselves.”

Kentucky is formulating partnerships with the states Workforce Development, secondary and post secondary education, the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and its One Stop Centers, as well as current program sponsors and those interested in beginning a Registered Apprenticeship program. Regional meetings involving all of the partners as well as the general public have been held recently to promote the positive aspects of Registered Apprenticeship.  The Kentucky Workforce Investment Board of Directors has included the promotion of Registered Apprenticeship in it’s strategic plan for 2011 after realizing that this career pathway is advantageous in promoting the overall development of the states workforce.

“We are excited to be included in the plan for our Workforce Investment Board.  This is a first for Kentucky and a prime example of what partnerships can do when we choose to work together.” Stated Donta.  “The promotion through our statewide and regional WIBs will elevate the awareness of the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship throughout our state.” 

Another prime example of Kentucky’s working partnerships is the offering of college credits through the Kentucky Community and Technical College system for on the job learning and related classroom instruction.  KCTCS is also offering an associates degree in Apprenticeship Studies which will transfer to Western Kentucky University as credit toward a bachelors degree in Technical Management.  “KCTCS has partnered with our Registered Apprenticeship community for several years now in offering tailored classroom instruction for numerous programs.  We are thrilled that they have chosen to elevate the learning process to a level that will allow our participants to earn a college degree while engaging in the earn while you learn philophosy of Registered Apprenticeship.” Donta stated.

Kentucky will be participating in the Registered Apprenticeship Action Clinic on May 18-20 with a group of approximately 60 decision makers from within the states partnerships.

One of Kentucky’s programs and education partners were recently featured on MSNBC.  You can view the broadcast at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/vp/41858510#41858510

Submitted to John Griffin by Mike Donta, who can be contacted at:

Mike Donta
Director
Kentucky Department of Labor
Division of Employment Standards,
Apprenticeship and Mediation
1047 U.S. Highway 127 South, Suite 4
Frankfort, KY 40601
502/564-3070
Fax: 502/696-5024
E-Mail:
mike.donta@ky.gov

 

Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project, Health and Hope

The Kansas Department of Labor has projected 26,000 new health care job openings over the next 10 years in Kansas. The traditional training and education system will not be able to meet the demands of the industry as it continues to grow and the current workforce moves into retirement. The Kansas Department of Commerce is launching a statewide campaign to provide health care education, training and employment for 500 targeted individuals each year over the next five years. The Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Program (KHPOP) will help address the labor shortage in these occupations while providing career pathways for candidates that traditionally face obstacles in finding well-paying jobs. KHPOP will enable participants to become self-sufficient and decrease the number of individuals receiving public assistance.

KHPOP leverages partner resources to provide employment opportunities in well-paying health care positions. Registered Apprenticeship, Social Rehabilitation Services (SRS), Local Workforce Investment Boards, and the KANSASWORKS State Board as well as health care associations, private employers and representatives from education and training and other state agencies contribute to the KHPOP mission. 

The Department of Commerce and partners will utilize existing relationships to promote KHPOP to potential employers. SRS will aid in identifying members of the targeted population for participation in KHPOP. The KANSASWORKS system will be leveraged to enroll targeted individuals into the program and connect them with the appropriate training opportunities. KANSASWORKS will also serve as the channel between employers and KHPOP participants, linking participants to available job opportunities. In the end, employers will be able to hire professionals trained and educated in their chosen field. These employees come from the surrounding community with the skills necessary to go to work, cutting recruiting and training costs while creating a source for future hires.

Targeted populations of the grant include: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, youth aging out of foster care, recently separated or disabled veterans, high school dropouts pursuing GED completion and low income individuals at or below 200% of poverty level.

Qualified candidates receive support in the form of education, training, child care consideration, GED assistance and career coaching and counseling. Targeted populations will be presented with opportunities to increase skills, earn credentials/stackable certifications and progress on career pathways in health care jobs including: Certified Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Dental Assistant, Health Support Specialist and many others.

Employers with Registered Apprenticeship programs hiring KHPOP participants can receive financial assistance to offset the costs of the customized training.  Participating employers may also receive Work Opportunity Tax Credits and Federal Bonding assurance while creating a pipeline for future healthcare hires within their local communities.

Additional information can be located at www.KansasCommerce.com/KHPOP .

This document was supported by Grant #90FX0021/01 the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.

Submitted to John Griffin by:

Loretta Shelley
Director
Kansas Department of Commerce
Apprenticeship Program
1000 Southwest Jackson Street, Suite 100
Topeka, KS  66612-1354
785/296-4299
Fax: 785/296-1404
E-Mail:
lshelley@kansascommerce.com