Many studies reflect the challenge rural areas, especially Eastern Kentucky, has in retaining health care professionals. This project was designed to give students the opportunity to focus their talents in rural Kentucky, gain an understanding of the benefits in providing care in rural Kentucky, and start the uphill battle of retaining our highly qualified health care providers.
TENCO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD PARTNERS WITH MAYSVILLE COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE – ROWAN CAMPUS FOR LINEMAN TRAINING
In 2015, the TENCO Workforce Development Board obligated $110,000.00 to offset training costs for individuals interested in pursuing a lineman career. Maysville Community and Technical College started a new short-term 9 week lineman program at their Rowan Campus in June 2015. The program curriculum was designed with input from local businesses, such as Pike Electric, Grayson Rural Electric, Mountain Telephone, and East Kentucky Power. The curriculum included hours of hands on experience, OSHA, and CDL training.
The TENCO Workforce Development Board provided funds to assist with training costs for twenty individuals enrolled in the program. Funds were used for tuition, books, supplies, and support services. Annually, the TENCO WDB analyzes data provided by businesses, labor market studies, and local performance to determine high-demand, high-wage occupations. This project provided a great opportunity to align workforce, education, and business to fill a skill gap in our local area. Funds provided by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act allow workforce boards to support training opportunities in high-demand fields in order to meet the need for skilled workers.
TENCO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD PARTNERS WITH KENTUCKY WELDING INSTITUTE
In 2015, the TENCO Workforce Development Board obligated $100,000.00 to offset training costs for individuals interested in pursuing a welding career by attending the Kentucky Welding Institute, a newly founded training institution located in Flemingsburg, KY. The local board provided tuition, books, supplies, and support services for thirteen individuals enrolled in the training. Annually, the TENCO WDB analyzes data provided by businesses, labor market studies, and local performance to determine high-demand, high-wage occupations. Funds provided by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act allow workforce boards to support training opportunities in high-demand fields in order to meet the demand for skilled workers. For more information, visit their website at http://kentuckyweldinginstitute.com.
TENCO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND EASTERN KENTUCKY CONCENTRATED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM PARTNERS WITH ST. CLAIRE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY FOR AN INCUMBENT WORKER PROJECT
The TENCO Workforce Development Board obligated $100,000.00 to support an incumbent worker project with St. Claire Regional Medical Center. Incumbent worker projects are designed to assist businesses by averting layoff and/or making the business more competitive in the region by providing a higher skill level of employees. Data published from the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation indicated a strong need for medical institutions to increase the skill of their nursing staff to BSN level. St. Claire established a goal of having 80% of their nursing staff with BSN degrees by 2020.
Past studies identified multiple advantages to having a higher skilled nursing staff, including: Lowering the odds of patient mortality, lower readmission rates, and shorter lengths of hospital stay. According to studies, there is a relationship between higher skilled (BSN) nursing staff and patient outcomes. The Tri-Council for Nursing issued a statement in 2010 that “without a more educated nursing workforce, the nation’s health will b e further at risk.”
A report in the Journal of Nursing Administration “Achieving 80% BSN by 2020: Lessons Learned from Kentucky’s Registered Nurses” identified obstacles facing current healthcare professionals in achieving this career pathway goal, including: Financial, Family/Obligations, and Lack of Perceived Benefit.
TENCO and EKCEP workforce areas partnered with St. Claire and MSU to ensure the nursing staff had the opportunity to move easily through the career pathway by eliminating the main obstacles employees face when working toward this goal. Both workforce areas committed funds to assist St. Claire in meeting the costs associated with training, which resulted in employees being trained with no out-of-pocket expense. MSU reviewed and revised their current BSN program to better meet the business and employee’s needs. The individualized and accelerated training curriculum resulted in a hybrid of classroom, online, on-site, and credit for prior learning. This hybrid program allows employees to maintain their employment, their family obligations, and successfully complete the BSN.
Through a regional partnership between business, education, and two workforce areas, approximately 40 employees of St. Claire Regional Medical Center are able to receive a free, well-diversified and high –quality advanced education, while St. Claire gets closer to meeting their goal, and the community receives well-trained, highly skilled nursing care from their local hospital and clinics.
TENCO RECEIVES NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED
The TENCO Workforce Development Board received a National Emergency Grant through the Department of Labor to provide intensive job preparation, support resources, and training opportunities to individuals who are long-term unemployed or profiled as likely to exhaust benefits.
Individuals are provided with a full array of resources through the Kentucky Career Centers in the TENCO area. Assessments of goals, skills, strengths, and obstacles are identified and resources are made available through partner agencies to assist the individual in overcoming those obstacles. Partner agencies may include Adult Education and Literacy, Vocational Rehabilitation, Office of Employment and Training, WIOA, and mental health facilities.
These programs provide individuals with the opportunity to work simultaneously with a number of community partner agencies to achieve their goal. Services through the Kentucky Career Center Get Opportunity grant (KCCGO) include: Job matching, skill remediation, mental health services, work readiness assessments such as the National Career Readiness Certificate, job placement through internships, On-the-Job Training, and funding for occupational skills training in high-demand, high-growth sectors.