It has been another very busy couple of weeks in Career and Workforce Development and the Workforce Training Center at WKU DELO! We started with attending the State of DELO address and were very encouraged by Dr. Laves presentation and eager to begin another 10 successful years under her leadership, along with our new Director of Distance Learning and Career and Professional Development Julie Uranis. Highlights over the last couple of weeks include wrapping up a series of lunch meetings with myself, Dr. Bob Hatfield and area Chamber and Economic Development Directors to promote the weekend Professional Masters of Business Administration program. Partnerships were formed to help market the program through websites, newsletters, and a scholarship of $500 was allowed for chamber partners only! Patti and I had a great meeting with Julie and were pleased that she was positive about our progress and direction and we continue to explore new avenues for our services both face to face and with online programming.
Patti and I traveled to Allen County to further discuss the Bluegrass State Skills grant and the Allen County Training Consortium; we will begin programs in Allen County once they hear from the grant at the end of this month. This is a new consortium training initiative and has been in the works since January! We look forward to serving Allen County industrial training needs where we can.
Sue attended the Glasgow Barren County Industry Appreciation Breakfast at the Barren River State Lodge which was hosted by our partners SKY CTC, it was very well attended and a very good program.
The big news is that the first ever Supervisor Certificate Training Program began on September 17th in Franklin KY at the SKY CTC Campus. Eight students from three companies are enrolled in the 9-month certificate program geared toward developing supervisory skills in the manufacturing workplace. I was there to welcome them, then came back in the afternoon to serve cake and soft drinks and get a photo opportunity with the group and the instructor Mr. Scott Taylor. This represents the first cohort to be held in Simpson County under their new Bluegrass State Skills Grant. We are all very excited about the future of workforce training in Simpson County!
Finally, Sue traveled to visit the North West Training Consortium in Henderson KY and we are now scheduled to deliver the Supervisor Certificate Training program in February of 2014 to Henderson Industries. We are very excited about partnering with this consortium and brining a wide variety of training and computer programs to the area. Sue also met with the Director of Strategic Planning along with Dr. Gene Tice, Mr. David Powell, and Mr. Scott Taylor to discuss upcoming mid and upper level management training needs. Sue also met with the Owensboro Daviess County Health Dept. to further discuss implementation of the online HIPPA training course for all employees and new hires. Today Sue is scheduled to attend and provide materials to area industries through a program on Worksite Wellness held at Logan Aluminum in Lewisburg KY and also meet to schedule the years training needs for DSSA/Diacel Inc. in Beaver Dam KY.
As you can read, we are very busy and there is much work to do to serve the area’s workforce training needs. Thanks for reading!
Respectfully Submitted by Sue Parrigin