KET recently received a $25,000 grant from US Bank in support of KET’s workforce training resources that will help better prepare adult learners and workers to attain and maintain jobs in the construction industry, one of the most in-demand sectors of Kentucky’s economy.
As part of an update to KET’s Workplace Essential Skills series, the grant will help enable development of curricula and add context for learners pursuing a job in the construction sector. This new content will illustrate real-world construction industry situations that require on-the-job academic skill applications.
“We’re pleased to have US Bank’s support for our efforts to update and improve our Workplace Essential Skills content, which is among some of our most-utilized educational resources,” said Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director and CEO. “This funding will help provide resources for young adults and workers to increase awareness and understanding of the skills necessary for career success.”
“The strength of our economy is inextricably linked to workforce training and education,” said Bill Jones, Community Division Manager for US Bank. “Today’s jobs require either a degree beyond high school or certification, and many businesses and industries are challenged to find qualified applicants to fill these jobs. US Bank is proud to support KET’s efforts to address this skills gap, and to empower employers and workers alike to move our economy forward.”
KET’s Workplace Essential Skills, the nation’s first instructional media series to address workforce needs, premiered in 2000 to better prepare young adults and other workers to attain and maintain jobs and to provide employers a more highly skilled and competitive workforce. This series has been seen on public broadcasting stations nationwide and is used in more than 2,000 adult learning institutions and 60 percent of federal and state correctional facilities.
With the support of US Bank and other partners, KET is producing a next-generation online system that better represents today’s work environment and employer needs. Online instruction will cover soft and academic skills necessary for success in various occupational sectors, including construction, and will be available nationwide.
KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, where learning comes to life for more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about KET Education resources and services at KET.org/education and on Twitter @EducationKET.
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