Greater Paducah Workforce

Plug into the power of Paducah to activate industry’s most crucial competitive advantage: A low-cost, highly skilled workforce ready to drive performance and profitability. The Paducah labor pool offers superior size: Approximately 120,000 workers in a labor shed encompassing 11 counties in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. In a right-to-work state this workforce boasts not only potent participation rates, but also relevant essential skills honed by a high-achieving environment and a coordinated effort that nurtures the development of critical middle manufacturing skills as early as middle school.

West Kentucky Community Technical College offers state of the art personalized training programs for industry in our area. 

Cultivating Potential at Every Level.

The region’s excellent K-12 schools include Kentucky’s top performers, with graduation rates and AP participation above the state average, and all schools here are focused on success. Career track exploration begins in middle school, and students graduate career-ready with a skillset and mindset developed through carefully designed and well-funded training opportunities that include dual enrollment options at West Kentucky Community and Technical College as well as aligned and immersive training available at Paducah Tilghman High School’s Innovation Hub. The Innovation Hub is open to high school students in counties across the region including private schools and home-schooled students. This vibrant program along with WKCTC dual enrollment assures regional readiness and skills agility that accelerate for any needed job-specific training. Paducah is a Kentucky Work-Ready Community in every sense.


Ready Skills. Rapid Recruitment.

Paducah also speeds access in identifying and recruiting the best possible hires as we connect your operation to the resources of the Kentucky Skills Network. Supported by the Network’s experienced personnel team, you can maximize hiring efforts with targeted recruitment, strategic screening, custom pre-employment assessment and more, with services that include the FocusTalent database, a strategic tool that allows flexible evaluation and data-driven results.

Plug into the power of Paducah to turn on the talent and drive of a world-class workforce, a prime mover for your global success.


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