FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Kentucky has launched its first ever college-high apprenticeship program for Hazard Independent and Perry County students.
The initiative of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) is called Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH).
It is in partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Juniper Health, and Hazard Independent Schools.
According to the EWDC, STEM occupations play a big role in expanding the state’s economy and this program will help create a future workforce.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Kentucky a three year $627,000 grant to get the program started.
The program will be open to high school students at Hazard Independent and Perry County schools.
It will focus on what the EWDC calls two of the state’s fastest growing job sectors, health care and IT.
“Hazard Community and Technical College is honored to be involved in the K-TECH pilot project. The program will expose high school students to technical occupations in healthcare and information technology and allow employers and students to create connections that could lead to full-time employment. Its a positive for all parties involved,” said HCTC President Dr. Jennifer Lindon.
The program will allow students to meet potential employers, take dual credit course work, receive soft skills training, and participate in paid apprenticeships.
The goal is to place at least 100 high school students into paid apprenticeships over the next three years.
For more information, visit the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet website.