Work Ready Skills Initiative

  • ​Kentucky has awarded $100 million in statewide bonds​ to 40 applicants​ through the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative (KWRSI) to build a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. The locally-driven projects were awarded during two rounds of competition in 2016 and 2017 and include all regions of Kentucky. ​

​​The initiative infuses resources to expand career and technical education facilities and upgrade equipment in those schools through local partnerships between private industry and educational institutions. The awardees have developed projects that are tailored to the workforce and industry needs of the area and include the participation of a private employer, educational agency and other interested local and regional partners. ​

The initiative was passed and funded by the General Assembly and is administered by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet with support from the Cabinet for Economic Development. It is overseen by a board that includes the secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the secretary of the Labor Cabinet, the chair of the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, three employers nominated by the Governor, one member nominated by the speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives and one nominated by the president of the Kentucky Senate.​


5/17/17 - WRSAC Meeting:​ Agenda​

5/10/17 - 5/11/17 WRSAC Meeting: Agenda​

4/20/17 - WRSAC Meeting: Agenda​

1​/31/17 - WRSAC Meeting: ​ Agenda​

12/08/16 - WRSAC Executive Committee​ Meeting: Agenda​

11/18/16 - WRSAC Meeting: Agenda​ |​ 

11/09/16 - WRSAC Meeting: Agenda |​ Video​ |​ Minutes

9/14/16 - WRSAC Meeting:​ Agenda​​​


Allen County Career & Technical Center


Barren County Board of Education


Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Danville


Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Leestown


Boone County Schools


Bowling Green High School


Brighton Center, Inc.


Caldwell County Schools


Corbin Independent Schools


Green County Board of Education


Hazard Community & Technical College


Jefferson Community & Technical College


Jessamine County Schools


KCEOC Community Action Partnership


KY Tech – Warren County Area Technology Center


Lee County Area Technology Center


Martin County Area Technology Center


MMRC Regional Industrial Development Authority/Maysville CTC


Nelson County Area Technology Center


Owensboro Community & Technical College


Paducah Public Schools


Shelby County Schools


Somerset Community College


Southcentral Community & Technical College


West Kentucky Community & Technical College



Gateway Community & Technical College


Logan County Schools


Russell County Board of Education


Garrard County Schools


Freestore Foodbank


Estill County Board of Education


Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky


Kenton County Schools


Breckinridge County Area Technology Center


Taylor County School District


Adair County Board of Education


Green River/Hart County and Caverna Schools


Christian County Public Schools


Washington County Schools


Johnson County Schools


For more information, please contact the Education & Workforce Development Cabinet at (502) 782-8698​ or​
If you are a WRSI awardee and have questions, please contact Michael Bowman - (502) 782-5698 or​.
Work Ready Skills Initiative