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Fund My Retraining

Kentucky Career Center locations in the KentuckianaWorks region operate the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker Program to fill critical skill shortages and help laid-off workers return to employment as quickly as possible. If you don't have a marketable skill, you may be eligible for KentuckianaWorks Scholarship funds to help pay for your education or training.

Free Career Training
If you have been laid off, unable to find work and are interested in training for a high-demand career, financial assistance may be available to pay for your educational training. If you are eligible, KentuckianaWorks Scholarships can provide up to $4,000 for tuition and $600 for books and other supportive services per year, for up to two years.

There are many job training choices in high-growth careers, such as:

  • Business – Accountant, auditor, receptionist, information clerk, executive secretary, administrative assistant, office supervisor/manager, business operations specialist, management analyst

  • Healthcare – Certified nursing assistant, dental assistant, medical records and health information technician, certified medical assistant, medical assisting, medical secretary, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, pharmacy technician (Kentucky Health Career Center)

  • Industrial/manufacturing – maintenance and repair worker, machine operator (Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center)

  • Information technology -- Software engineer -- system software, computer software engineer -- applications, computer systems analyst, network systems and data analyst, certified information systems security professional, A+, Networks+ and Security+, computer networking certifications and computer programming

If you’re interested in another in-demand job training program that’s not listed, come in to the nearest Kentucky Career Center to see if the program qualifies.

Supportive Services
Eligible participants may access services to assist with costs involved in returning to work as quickly as possible.

Services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Transportation assistance for job search
  • Uniforms or clothing needed for a job
  • Licensure and exam fees for high-demand occupations
  • Costs associated with transferring or obtaining professional certifications
  • Short-term childcare
  • Tools or gear required for work

Eligibility Requirements
To obtain the training, individuals must qualify and must meet certain guidelines. Potential trainees need to start at a Kentucky Career Center in the KentuckianaWorks region to find out if they qualify. To find out more, visit a Kentucky Career Center and meet with a career counselor. Some of the KentuckianaWorks Scholarship requirements include that applicants must:

  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • be unemployed or underemployed
  • be 18 years of age and older
  • lack a marketable job skill 
  • meet the income guidelines with earnings of less than 200 percent of the poverty level, for instance: less than $44,700 for a family of four

Applicants must reside in the seven-county region that includes Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties. By law, veterans or eligible spouses may receive priority service for job-training scholarships. To determine your eligibility for a KentuckianaWorks Scholarship and to register for the Dislocated Worker Program, visit any Kentucky Career Center in the KentuckianaWorks region.

Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership
The Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership provides job-training services and education assistance through federal stimulus funds. Check out the Community Empowerment Project and Moving Forward.

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