State gets $6M grant to help unemployed

Staff, wire reportsJune 28, 2014 

Frankfort: Kentucky will receive a $6.17 million Job-Driven National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The funds will target the long-term unemployed and will be used to create and expand job-driven training programs for laid-off workers.

The grant, awarded to the Kentucky Career Center in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, will fund the Kentucky Career Center Get Opportunity program, which will provide a variety of services, including on-the-job training, customized training and apprenticeships. Funding also will be used to provide services such as coaching, counseling and direct job placement to help connect laid-off workers, including the long-term unemployed, with available jobs, according to a statement news release.

In addition to expanding work-based learning strategies, funds will be used to further develop and strengthen partnerships between workforce and industry organizations and align services with other federal, state and local programs.

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