The 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.
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
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
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.