CWD August 19-23rd

CWD has had another very exciting week! First I would like to say a special thank you to Linda Jones for all her energy, leadership, professionalism, and work over the last 10 years as part of the CPD team. We will all be enjoying lunch with her today and wishing her a relaxing and fullfilling retirement as she ends her tenure at WKU. Linda, we will all miss you dearly!
Patti Shields, Program Manager, visited the Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville KY this week and came back with the charge of putting together a proposal for the entire agency to engage in workforce training for the supervisory level insurance proffessionals.
The Simpson County Training Consortium made the WBKO news this week with the President of the Consortium, Ms. Sara Bruner and the Chamber CEO Mr. Steve Thurmond speaking about the benefits to the Simpson County Community with regards to the recently awarded Blue Grass State Skills Grant of $75,000. This grant will allow member companies to share training resources and provide much needed training programs for the employees in the area. Click on this link to view the news coverage:
In addition to WBKO picking up the story, our very own Daily News paper also published the story in Wednesday’s Business section. See the article below:
The Simpson County Training Consortium in Franklin was awarded a $75,000 Bluegrass State Skills Grant from the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet.

The grant requires a 50 percent local match and will be used to benefit six industries in the consortium: Worldwide Technologies, Franklin Precision Industry, Harman, Berry Plastics, New Mather Metals and Toyo Automotive Parts. Projects will promote collaborative training initiatives for companies that have common training needs.
“This grant will allow our group to share training classes that will not only provide our industries a more skilled workforce but will also help lower overall training costs by sharing instructors and class facilities,” Sara Bruner, president of the consortium, said in a news release.

The Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce, Western Kentucky University and the Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority started the Simpson County Training Consortium two years ago. Classes are conducted at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Franklin campus.

The first cohort of supervisors to attend the Supervisor Certificate Program is slated to begin on Sept. 10th with a 9-month program to conclude in May of 2014.
Finally, we also received word from Blue Grass State Skills and Diacel in Beaver Dam KY that the grant we worked with them on was awarded, this will allow Diacel to conduct about $25,000 worth of training for thier supervisors and group leaders over the next 12-months.
Respectfully Sumbitted by Sue Parrigin

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