News for Career and Workforce Development

First we want to give a warm welcome to Julie Uranis, our newest addition to the team. Julie is the Director of Distance Learning and Continuing and Professional Development. We are all very excited to have her and are anxious to learn and grow under her leadership. It has been another great couple of weeks for WKU’s Career and Workforce Development initiatives. Sue Parrigin and Bob Hatfield (WKU Gordon Ford College of Business) have visited area chambers of commerce and economic development professional to team up in promoting the WKU Professional MBA program as well as offer workforce training needs to chamber partners. So far we have visited and had very positive responses from Simpson, Allen, Grayson and will visit Logan county tomorrow.

Patti Shields, CWD Program Manager, also put together a training proposal for Kenergy Electric Cooperative in Owensboro and Henderson KY and Sue delivered the proposal and met with the HR Manager. Kenergy would like to move forward with training plans for front line supervisors, continuous improvement training for a team focused on processes, and executive level leadership development retreat. During the same visit to Owensboro area Sue met with the Executive Director of the Northwest Tranining Consortium located in Henderson KY and we have scheduled a Supervisor Certificate Training program to begin on January 16th and last for 9-months. The consortium is also looking for us to deliver computer training programs and much more. Additionally, Sue met with CEO Bill Kindred from TJ Sampson Hospital in Glasgow KY about some training ideas for his hospital employees. CWD has been invited to speak at the Glasgow HR and Industry Councils on Oct. 18th at the quarterly lunch on the topic of training programs. Patti also met with the Kentucky Farm Bureau representatives in Louisville KY at their headquarters and presented a training proposal and will complete a RFP for agency manager training programs. Finally, Patti Shields met with Dr. Lewis Burke at the Southern KY Community and Technical College and discussed consortium initiatives and continue to explore ways for SKY CTC and WKU to team up to bring training to our region. Respectfully Submitted by Sue Parrigin

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