Workforce Training

PED EducationThe Kentucky Skills Network is Kentucky’s one-stop workforce system that helps companies find ways to maintain and grow a thriving workforce based on market demands. We are a partnership of dedicated workforce professionals from the Cabinet for Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Labor Cabinet, and the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. The core deliverables of the Skills Network include employee recruitment, customized training and training incentives.

The Kentucky Skills Network is about ease of service, professionalism, quality resources and results. In 2014, our stable of services provided training for nearly 95,000 Kentuckians in a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, energy, distribution, and research and development. This includes approvals for over $14 million in training incentives to more than 5,000 companies located in the Commonwealth.

Learn more about Kentucky Skills Network resources at their website.


The state’s Work-Ready Communities Program is inspiring action by community, education, government and business leaders across the Commonwealth leading to a stronger Kentucky workforce.


Highway 62 College and University Corridor

Paducah’s Highway 62, near Interstate 24, is known as the “Paducah Highway 62 College and University Corridor.” The area serves the Paducah Labor Shed’s 271,833 population with higher education offerings. The corridor is in the process of offering higher education to more than 8,000 students per year. 

Murray State University's Paducah Campus
Murray State University offers a full-service office in Paducah, Ky. for students enrolled in Murray State courses and programs. There are a variety of courses and programs available for students who do not have access to Murray State’s Murray campus. Learn More.
University of Kentucky's Paducah Engineering Campus

The University of Kentucky has an engineering campus in Paducah.  Bachelor’s degrees at the Paducah campus include mechanical engineering and chemical engineering. The campus averages 200 students per year, 70 in chemical engineering and 130 in mechanical engineering. 70% of students who graduate from this program stay in Western Kentucky.

WKCTC Emerging Technology Center
WKCTC is also home to the Emerging Technology Center which features an 18,000 square-foot high bay area built to allow customizable training for a variety of companies. Within 30 days WKCTC has the ability to plug in equipment specific to a company’s needs and build a customized training program. Learn more about WKCTC’s Applied Technology Programs.
Community Scholarship
The Community Scholarship Program (CSP) provides scholarship funding for up to 60 credit hours toward a technical certification and/or an associate degree at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. Students from all participating McCracken County high schools (public, private, and students who are home schooled in McCracken County) may enroll in this program. Students must be enrolled by October 1 of their freshmen year, graduate with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, achieve a minimum 95% cumulative attendance record during high school, and incur no major discipline referrals during high school. The CSP scholarship will pay the balance of tuition not paid by federal, state, and other scholarship grants for which a student is eligible. The program’s focus is to increase high school graduation rates and increase the number of high school graduates who transition to postsecondary education in McCracken County.


The Rotary Club of Paducah initiated the idea for the CSP as a public-private partnership with strong participation and funding being provided by Rotary, the City of Paducah, McCracken County Fiscal Court, Paducah Junior College, Inc.,  Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering, Community Financial Services Bank, Computer Service, Inc., Edward Jones Investments, Paducah Bank, Paducah & Louisville Railway, and Paducah Power System.

Universities Outside the Corridor

Below are other universities located in the Paducah area but not in the Highway 62 College and University Corridor:

Murray State University’s Main Campus

Southeast Missouri State University

University of Tennessee at Martin

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