Training & Certification Programs
Chef Space is a food business accelerator located in Louisville’s West End that provides commercial kitchen space and business training for entrepreneurs to start food‐related ventures. Their mission is to create food businesses in West Louisville. For 3+ years, Chef Space has been the only place in Louisville to start and grow your food business. With industrial equipment, production workspace and tailored support, Chef Space has everything you need to get started! Amenities include: 13,556 sq. ft. commercial kitchen space available for hourly or monthly rent; business training, technical assistance, and access to capital for food entrepreneurs; industry connections; and, large meeting and event space available for private events and gatherings.
The Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center provides on-the-job training to help you find the career that’s right for you! Job Corps is fully funded by the federal government and is FREE to students and their families, and offers hands-on career technical training in high-growth industries and can also help you get a GED or high school diploma if you don’t already have one. We fully support the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. The Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center also offers career planning, on-the-job training, and job placement, driver’s education and English language learning, along with benefits including residential housing, food service, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance, and a clothing allowance.
The Louisville Urban League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, community service organization dedicated to eliminating racism and its adverse impacts on our community. Our mission is to assist African Americans and other marginalized populations in attaining social and economic equality through direct services and advocacy. As part of a broader National Urban League network of historic civil rights organizations throughout the United States, the Louisville Urban League, like all affiliates, is dedicated to fostering economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities, with our focus on Jobs, Justice, Education, Health, and Housing. Currently, the Louisville Urban League’s service area includes the Kentucky counties of Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Bullitt, and Hardin; and the Indiana counties of Floyd, Harrison, and Clark.
Canopy recognizes the changing landscape in business; employees want purpose, consumers are paying attention to who they buy from, healthy communities are good for business, and a healthy landscape is good for business. Canopy’s mission is to grow Kentucky businesses to positively impact people, our planet, and our future. Through education, certification, and connection, we help Kentucky businesses participate and succeed within the Good Business movement.
Chefs for Success, by the Salvation Army, is a workforce development program for those interested in obtaining employment in the culinary industry upon completion. Chefs for Success participants gain the foundational skills to apply for an entry-level position in the culinary industry. Participants will complete a free, 5-week class and then will be provided with interviewing and employment best practices and earn a Food Handler certificate that adds value to their skill set.
Our Apprenticeship Program provides an excellent opportunity to learn a craft that will provide lifelong security with excellent wages and benefits. We offer a 4 year apprenticeship and employment in structural steel, reinforcing steel, welding, factory maintenance and more. Our future depends on our contractor’s success and that starts by employing the best trained, safest, and most productive ironworkers.
Code Louisville provides quality training and support to help residents of Louisville enter software development careers at no charge. Code Louisville offers a variety of courses covering the development of websites and applications, data analytics, and more. They will guide you in learning not only the skills a programmer needs, but also provide you with resume writing and interview workshops, a community of developers to network with, mentors to answer your questions, and a network of employers interested in finding their next developer! They also help our students find jobs after they graduate!
The Greater Knox Coding Academy (ECTC) provides courses and certification for coding and computer repair/diagnostic/security. Graduates who pass the course and certification exams are eligible for high paying careers in government, manufacturing, military, consulting, industry, and business. Starting salaries as much as $40,000 – $70,000. Students who complete the program and pass all the related exams may earn college credit hours. All of these credits count toward the Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Technology programming track.
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College offers certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in over 30 programs of study including education and human services, allied health, advanced manufacturing, construction and trades, information technology and business and has transfer agreements with many public and private universities so students can complete a bachelor’s degree at a fraction of the cost. ECTC offers classes in an 8-week format so that students can focus on fewer classes at a time. With small classes sizes, dedicated faculty and staff, along with conveniently located satellite campuses in Springfield, Leitchfield and Fort Knox, ECTC offers a personal experience no matter your educational or career goals.
The HighVibe School of Integrative Massage & Bodywork (HSIMB) is a 670-hour, boutique-style program designed to cultivate health and wellness professionals who are equipped to build a sustainable career in the field. We offer an accelerated 6-month path, as well as a 12-month path. HighVibe Healing Arts Academy is an experiential learning mecca for aspiring and established massage and bodywork professionals, energists, intuitives, death and the community. HighVibe Healing Arts Academy offers a Career Support Program for qualifying graduates of our HighVibe School Integrative Massage & Bodywork School (HSIMB). The career options are limitless with Massage Therapy, including working in a wellness clinic, chiropractic office, physical therapy office, day spa, mobile context, your own private practice, and beyond.
Common Table works to reduce poverty in our community through job training. This organization provides training in the culinary arts to those who face barriers to employment, empowering them to achieve success in their careers and personal lives. During the 8-week program, students learn the basics of working in the food service industry and obtain Louisville Metro Food Service Manager’s Certification. Skills are refined through experiential learning in the kitchen as students prepare food for catering orders. Common Table has an 81% job placement rate and graduates have been hired at the Omni, Collegiate, Eddie Merlot’s, Masterson’s, Levy and Kroger. Common Table offers box lunch catering a recurring 6-week soup and bread subscription. All revenue generated through catering sales supports the training program.
Teach Kentucky launches the education careers of ambitious college graduates in Louisville, Kentucky’s public schools. The organization has grown from bringing two teacher candidates in its first year to annually bringing a new 40-45 person cohort of aspiring teachers from across the nation to our city. Once they are here, teachers have found a home to stay and build their professional and personal lives.
The Software Guild has coding boot camps to help you break into software development or to advance your programming career. With their apprentice-level boot camps in Java and .NET/C#, you can learn the skills you need for your first programming job and start a whole new career. Students will learn from instructors with years of industry experience in a hands-on, project-based format so they can acquire practical skills they can apply immediately. Their flipped instruction approach ensures that time in the classroom is valuable and that students can work on projects in a way that makes sense to them.
The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) through federal funding from SITE, assists workers and businesses throughout the state of Kentucky meet the challenges and & seize opportunities in today’s economy. EKCEP administers programs that help adults looking for work, workers who have been dislocated from their jobs, and economically disadvantaged youth. In the GLI area, EKCEP covers the counties of Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble.. EKCEP works with workforce centers across the state, and provides access to more than a dozen state and federal programs that offer employment and training assistance for job seekers and employers.
The Fort Knox Army Advanced Manufacturing Career Skills Program provides a pathway for transitioning service members to pursue highly skilled, in-demand careers with certificates recognized by regional employers. Earn your certificate in 16 weeks or less! ECTC offers free career services and job interviews with area employers upon certificate completion. Soldiers must have completed TAP Career Readiness Standards requirements, be within 180 days of separation/retirement, and have Commander approval to participate in a Career Skills Program.
The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement career pathway, and apprenticeship-style educational programs that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. KY FAME helps employers discover the workforce of tomorrow, and helps students launch into their careers today, with no school debt!
Bellarmine University is a dynamic, growing university with a strong liberal arts focus in the Catholic higher education tradition and a bold vision for the future. Bellarmine has undergraduate and graduate enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and continues to add new academic programs while maintaining small class sizes and personal attention to students.
KentuckianaWorks helps job seekers find jobs and good careers, education and training to develop a fully prepared and engaged workforce that is aligned with the needs of the community. We help job seekers in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties find jobs, education and training and we connect employers with skilled, qualified workers.
Simmons College of Kentucky is an institution of biblical higher education dedicated to educating people through strong academic and professional programs, in order that they may become productive citizens and agents of change in society. We are a proud to be Louisville’s only Historically Black College & University (HBCU). We deliver a top-notch, one-on-one educational experience that fosters lifelong success for our graduates. Simmons brings outstanding scholars and growing minds together to challenge the status quo and create a more accessible and equitable world. Simmons’ Black-centric curriculum builds the strength of character and sense of ethical perseverance needed to truly make a difference – no matter the course of study.
The Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation Training Consortium (EIFTC), formed in 1987, is a partnership dedicated to workforce excellence and includes representatives from business, industry, the Industrial Foundation, and Elizabethtown Community & Technical College (ECTC). The primary purpose of this organization is to develop and implement various training programs for local industry, to upgrade the skills of current employees, and to provide continuity of educational development for students who may be considered for employment after graduation. Each year, EIFTC proudly invests in workforce solutions and awards a number of scholarships to qualified student applicants – all as part of the organization’s commitment to workforce training and development.
Metropolitan College is a Kentucky partnership between UPS, The University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College. Participating students get their full-time undergraduate tuition paid to The University of Louisville or Jefferson Community & Technical College as well as fee payment money, bonuses, and other benefits.
bit502 is an apprenticeship-style training program where you’ll earn valuable on-the-job experience while also earning a paycheck as you work toward your degree. This is a great time to “Be in Tech (bit)”. Do you like playing video games and have an idea for new ones? Thought about developing a new app or improving current ones? Do you have a sharp memory and an inquisitive mind, confidence around a computer and a desire to figure out how things work? If so, you’re probably the right type of candidate for bit502! There are a lot of high-paying computer-related jobs in the Louisville market, but there aren’t nearly enough highly-skilled applicants to fulfill those positions. If you’re accepted into bit502, you can get to work immediately!
YouthBuild Louisville is a full-time program that helps young people ages 18-24 earn their high school diploma or GED while getting hands-on training and work experience in the Construction Trades, Urban Conservation Corps, Professional Medical Careers or Culinary Field. This program serves as an education, job training, and leadership program that provides opportunities for participants to realize their potential as active community leaders and an educated workforce for Louisville. YouthBuild Louisville assists young people in meeting significant life goals, such as preparing for college and careers, by providing services in education, vocational training, community service, case management, placement, and post-graduation support.
At the Building Institute of Greater Louisville, you can become a Licensed HVAC Journeyman! In partnership with the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, the Building Institute’s HVAC Program is now being offered to students in Louisville and surrounding areas. Every building in Kentucky needs some form of heating and cooling, and there’s a shortage of HVAC technicians in our state. The year-long program allows you to get practice working on the job and studying during the evenings. Students who have completed this program say they enjoy the pace and on-the-job learning, and, the field training allows them to put what they learned into practice immediately.
Galen College of Nursing has programs to cater to those new to nursing or looking to advance their nursing career. Galen College of Nursing’s campus in Louisville, KY offers PN, LPN Bridge, ADN, BSN, and MSN degree programs to meet your highest standards – from experienced faculty to hands-on learning to student support. Our regionally accredited nursing school prepares new nurses to sit for the NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® licensure exams.
Jefferson Community & Technical College is much more than buildings and programs: we’re a community where students find confidence, collaboration, compassion, and success. Whether you’re starting college for the first time or thinking about a career change, we’ve got you covered. We offer associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates – and we’re here to help you reach your goals. Get started by finding the program that works for you!
MASPark serves employers who offer ongoing training and certification opportunities to employees, professionals, and students seeking to advance their skills. Served by approximately 3,500 square feet of training space, the Training and Workforce Development Center includes a welding lab, equipment labs for advanced manufacturing technology and green energy training, a 25-seat computer classroom, and a wide range of equipment to facilitate hands-on learning.
Metallica Scholars is a major workforce education initiative that provides direct support to community colleges to enhance their career and technical education programs. These programs provide skills and services to students who are looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program. We have been fortunate to catch the eyes of some major players in the workwear industry who have made significant contributions to our workforce education program. Both Carhartt, through its “Hard Rock is Hard Work” Labor Day campaign, and Wolverine, through its Project Bootstrap program, have helped us train the skilled trade professionals of tomorrow.
Since 1973, the Truck Driver Institute (TDI) has trained tens of thousands of the highly qualified licensed truck drivers in America, who are hired by our 20+ carrier partners because our standards match truck driver employment policies. Courses at TDI are a mixture of classroom and behind-the-wheel training to ensure that you leave our training facilities with the skills, knowledge, and experience that big transportation companies are looking for from their rookie drivers. We offer excellent financial aid options including: military benefits, carrier-paid tuition, student financing, and a $1,000 scholarship for self-paying students. In our program, you’ll receive support every step of the way from enrollment through to graduation and job placement.
The Louisville Teacher Residency (LTR) program was created by Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) with a commitment to empower prepared and culturally responsive teachers for all students. LTR is a one-year, urban teacher-preparation program for individuals with limited to no teaching experience. Residents receive personalized instruction throughout the process to help them become successful in JCPS classrooms. The LTR program creates a diverse teacher workforce that transforms educational outcomes of all students through courageous conversations, racially equitable instruction, culturally responsive teaching, and meaningful reflection.
Jefferson BuiLT (Building Trades Leadership Training) is an employer-supported apprenticeship-style program. Apprentices will work for one of the program’s partner employers while taking classes. One day each week, apprentices will be in the classroom taking courses in carpentry, plumbing, electrical safety, blue print reading, and leadership. All of these (about 30 credit hours in total) count towards a diploma or associate degree in Construction Technology, Plumbing or HVAC. If an apprentice finishes their and stays employed, it could lead to a full-time position. Not only will students get professional instruction so they can do the work, but they’ll also receive the training they need to be a leader in their fields!
RightChoice has dedicated teachers with a desire to help train the next generation of nurse aides and nurses. We offer small clinical class sizes (8 students) to allow for more personal, individualized attention. RightChoice Healthcare Training Institute offers online coursework and provides the clinical/practical training in a simulated clinical setting at their facility on Hurstbourne Pkwy. The training center is also open and available by appointment on non-class days for students to watch videos and practice skills.
Knight School of Welding offers a variety of welding certification classes and completes small welding jobs in the Louisville, KY area. You’ll get hands-on experience with our MIG, STICK, TIG, and pipe welding training programs. We have classes during the day and at night for your convenience, and we charge less than other welding schools. We also support you after your classes and certification with our lifetime employment assistance. We can help you with your employment search, your resume, and preparations for employer welding tests.
Caris College has a mission to provide their students with a solid foundation in their area of study. Whether it’s a career as a medical assistant, dental assistant, veterinary assistant, acute clinical technician, or medical sonographer/ultrasound technician, Caris College strives to give students a well-balanced curriculum in the classroom, and, when appropriate, include laboratory training and supervised clinical experience. Caris College aims to produce superior graduates with the knowledge and confidence necessary to succeed both professionally and financially. Their goal is to make Caris College the preferred source of medical career education in the community for our respective fields of study.
Are you ready to take the first step towards a higher-paying career by earning your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)? With one instructor for every four students, 160 Driving Academy invests the individual time needed to make sure each student excels in his or her industry and is able to provide closer supervision and personalized instruction. Their team is passionate about their students’ success, and their instructors will do everything they can to help students achieve their career goals. Plus, learning to drive a truck and completing training doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming! Students at 160 Driving Academy will graduate in just four weeks ready to enter an industry with an average salary of over $50k, according to market data. Through this school, many students receive full reimbursement of tuition from their future employers.
Interapt Workforce Development solves your enterprise resource constraints as well as closes talent gaps, promotes diversity, and propels equity in tech. Through customized training programs offered at no cost to our employer partners, we find, select, and train untapped talent with the ability to quickly onboard to meet your business goals. We can help build your talent pipeline from the ground up! Our unique workforce development model means end-to-end talent acquisition management for your business, resulting in a DEI-focused customized talent pool with exceptional retention rates. See the program’s flyer here, or contact to learn more.
Louisville Beauty Academy was launched specifically with the goal to enable the working community people to acquire a beauty license. Students may enroll and start anytime, almost immediately. Students are required to be on a set schedule and can work with the school enrollment office for the accommodation of a specific set schedule. LBA offers tuition matching, and is proud to be the “most community-friendly, and affordable beauty institute in Kentucky.” LBA works with graduates to ensure that at least 90% are employed and working in the beauty industry. To date, operating during the past four years, LBA has graduated hundreds of students.
The Excel Center, created by Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana, is a full service non-traditional high school for all ages and languages in Clark County Indiana. Graduates receive a free Indiana Core 40 high school diploma, plus a post-secondary occupational certification of preference. The school provides free day care for its students, as well as transportation options, flexible scheduling, coaching and support, along with assistance with college and career pathways.
Indiana University Southeast, a regional campus of Indiana University, is a four-year, public, comprehensive university located in New Albany, IN, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY. Founded in 1941, it provides high-quality educational programs and services that promote student learning and prepare students for productive citizenship in a diverse society, and that contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of our region. The campus is home to a diverse and eclectic student community. Besides our core of traditional students who arrive as freshmen straight out of high school or homeschool, nontraditional students such as adult learners and veterans also play a prominent role in shaping campus life. Student involvement is high, with over 100 student groups and organizations.
Begin your driving career at Mister “P” Express today! We are fully accredited since 2007 by the State of Indiana. Parnell Commercial Driving School is the premier commercial driving school in Southern Indiana and the Metro Louisville area. The Parnell CDL School has grants available for qualifying individuals and individuals that complete the program are offered immediate employment through Mister “P” Express. What sets the Parnell CDL School apart from the rest is it’s devotion to train students with the best technology.
The Leadership Louisville Center is a nationally-recognized resource for individuals and organizations who strive to go beyond being individually successful to being truly significant. We are the Louisville, Kentucky region’s hub for talent development, relationship building, and community engagement. Our innovative, world-class curriculum and experiential learning opportunities are available for all levels of leadership. No matter where you are located in the world, we can help you build stronger leaders. The Center is the place where leaders can connect with diverse networks, build understanding, and take action to drive positive social and professional impact.
The Purdue University Polytechnic Institute New Albany is a part of the world-class Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. This institution has a variety of degree and class offerings that will allow you to extend your higher education right here in the Greater Louisville area.
Prosser Career Education Center is committed to providing multiple work-based learning experiences and programs to all students. Prosser offers 26 different exciting Career and Technical programs with work-based learning activities. These programs allow students to collaboratively engage with local employers and Prosser instructors for structured learning experiences. These experiences allow students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and lab to real-world situations. All work-based learning experiences and activities are strategically integrated within the CTE curriculum. Some of this valuable learning will occur within the classroom environment while much of it will occur in a place of business or community organization.
The ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE) is a free, award-winning, afterschool program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry, including skilled trades. High school students in the Louisville area can now benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities through mentors from the design-build construction industry in hope of securing young students to become professionals or tradesmen in the industry. Over 10,000 students participate annually, drawn from approximately 1,450 high schools.
River Valley Resources (RVR) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1990 to help low-income and disadvantaged Hoosiers obtain and maintain gainful employment. They have offices in New Albany, IN and others throughout the state. Since its inception, RVR has managed over $250 million in federal, state, and local workforce development related grants and contracts. RVR is currently responsible for administering more than 1.8 million in federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds in Indiana. Services include: comprehensive case management, job readiness and life skills management, work experience and job placement, and job coaching and retention services. RVR is also a Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) voucher agent in 12 counties. RVR programs and services have positively impacted the lives of more than 115,000 dislocated workers, disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities, and ex-offenders.
The Seven Counties Services Training Institute is for community mental health professionals, and offers a variety of learning opportunities for professional development through classroom trainings and workshops. Many courses offered are submitted to Kentucky licensing boards for CE hours. Other courses offered are state-approved certifications for Targeted Case Management, Community Support Associates, and Peer Support Specialists.
Spalding University is the home for students who want to earn a degree while engaging and serving the community. We put compassion in action every day with our mission-driven focus. We volunteer, teach, advocate, organize and give. Our students are active in the community, using their Spalding education to make the world better. We are a diverse community with a core commitment to inclusion, and we value our students, faculty and staff from all walks of life. Begin your college journey with us and follow your passions. We are a community of learners made up of artists, veterans, activists, parents, religious leaders, LGBTQIA community members and athletes. We are all of these people and more. We have different abilities, ideals, cultures, backgrounds, goals and passions. We cultivate a supportive space for all of our students to learn and grow.
Job One is a job readiness program that can be operated through a church in collaboration with local businesses. For churches, Job One provides a ministry that can place your members and community into full-time employment. For businesses, Job One increases revenue reduces expenses, and provides qualified employees when you need them most.
Ivy Tech Community College offers associate degrees, short-term certificates, and workforce certifications in fields where workers are needed most, so you can be ready to get started in a career quickly. We meet the students where they are – At Ivy Tech we have the resources, focus, and flexibility to meet students where they are, then walk with them to where they’re going. No two students’ paths to the future look the same. We get that. So, we listen. We support. We guide. With 70+ academic programs and classes in 75+ communities in Indiana—plus online—you’ll be able to find your fit for the next step in your career. And that career will lead you to your better life, every day from graduation on.
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