Leadership Louisville Center

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. Leaders Louisville Center is the Greater Louisville region’s hub for talent development, relationship building, and community engagement. Their innovative, world-class curriculum and experiential learning opportunities are available for all levels of leadership. No matter where you are located in the world, Leadership Louisville Center 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.

For more information on any programs listed below, contact Aimee Jewell, Engagement Manager, at ajewell@leadershiplouisville.org or (502) 468-2426.


A leadership program that deepens your connection to the community and your capacity to make a difference.For over 40 years, The Leadership Louisville program has been part of the fabric of our community. Both lifelong residents and those new to Louisville learn more about the city over 10 months – exploring a new sector each session. Carefully designed cohorts and curriculum provide an unmatched experience. The Leadership Louisville program is designed for established leaders who are ready to generate meaningful social impact and contribute to the region’s growth and success. Approximately 60 leaders are selected through a competitive application process each year to represent the diversity of the Louisville region.

Ignite Louisville is a leadership program that builds stronger next-generation leaders. Ignite Louisville is a professional development program like no other. This award-winning experience combines training, intensive team building, and hands-on work with a local nonprofit over the course of 6 months. Our participants graduate with the skills, confidence, problem-solving abilities, and connections essential to realizing leadership potential, pushing the needle for both our participants and their employers.

For more than 30 years, Focus Louisville has offered everyone from newcomers to native Louisvillians a fascinating insider’s look at our city. Focus Louisville can jumpstart your journey in making our city better for all citizens. You will connect with 50 other civic-minded Louisvillians you might not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet. You’ll gain a more complete view and understanding of Louisville, along with a better sense of belonging, and how to put leadership into action.

A women’s leadership experience developed by the Leadership Louisville Center in order to accelerate and sustain the growth of women into positions of influence.

The Bingham Fellows program annually brings together about 40 experienced Louisville leaders to address one of the region’s most critical issues. Considered our most advanced leadership program, a diverse class of participants is selected following a competitive application process to ensure the class includes content experts and unique voices representing all parts of the community. ​

Encore Louisville is for experienced leaders who have spent decades of their careers in leadership roles, and want to give back to the community. Through the program, they share their wisdom to make our community’s nonprofits stronger.

A program of the Leadership Louisville Center, Leadership Accelerator is a new initiative designed to accelerate the growth of a company’s diverse talent, grow skill sets in individuals, and deepen connections between affinity group leaders.

“Better leaders. Better results. Better world.” Through LeadingBetter™, we help organizations like yours retain, attract, and activate talent through better leadership. We understand the bottom-line value of what leadership can do – and our training courses are curated and crafted to meet the needs of individuals and organizations across all industries, sectors, and levels of experience. We’ve worked with over 200 organizations in the Greater Louisville area to deliver essential fundamentals and cutting edge topics relevant to the shifts happening in today’s workplaces. Our services are like building blocks. They can build a complete training program or fill gaps in your talent development strategy. Our content can be delivered in a variety of formats: open enrollment courses for individuals or teams, private or on-site training for organizations, and talks and keynotes for events or special programs.

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KentuckianaWorks offers a wide variety of resources for employers in the Louisville region. Whether you are looking to find new workers, build partnerships within your industry, or get support in developing a more inclusive organization, we can help. We can connect you to qualified job seekers by promoting your open positions, connecting you to industry partners, and more. Interested in learning more about joining one of our industry partnership groups? Email Aleece Smith, Director of Inclusion and Sector Strategies.

Looking for help finding a new job or better career? We have the tools to help you succeed! Services provided include: free pre-employment training, job search assistance, career literacy training, basic skills testing & development, and other wrap-around services through the Kentucky Career Center.

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.

For more information, contact Angella Wilson at (502) 574-4727 or Angella.Wilson@KentuckianaWorks.org.

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Louisville Urban League

The Louisville Urban League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, community service organization dedicated to eliminating racism and its adverse impacts on the community. Their 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, Housing, and Black Business. 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.

For more information, contact (502) 585-4622.



CLEAN START The Louisville Urban League (LUL) has teamed up with Facility Management Services (FMS), a janitorial service in town and one of our community partners, to create a new program, “Clean Start.” Although the perception of working in janitorial service may be misleading, it’s a lot more than just cleaning! The key to this partnership is the combination of a nonprofit’s wraparound support with a for-profit’s social mission based a collaborative goal of having a positive impact on society, workers, and the community. Anyone who signs onto Clean Start can enjoy the peace of mind that LUL’s wraparound services afford, such as helping people pay their rent and utilities, finding reliable transportation, and seeking mental health counseling.


The Pathways to Tech Careers Program by the Louisville Urban League is an 8-week entry-level online digital skills course that kickstarts your tech support career. During the class, participants will get an introduction to the computer and the convergence of technology, and will have the option to continue learning and gain tech credentials. Instruction is provided by Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC): participants will receive college credits through JCTC, and scholarships are available! With questions, contact Greg Tripure, Workforce Specialist at (502) 585-4622 or Gtripure@lul.org.


The Urban Seniors Jobs Program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income persons 55 or older. Participants receive training that helps them to upgrade their current skills for re-entry into the workplace. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. You can qualify while receiving social security, unemployment, disability, and other benefits. Veterans are encouraged to apply!


Led by the region’s top corporate recruiters, skilled human resources professionals, life skills and leadership coaches, CEOs, and Meyers Briggs certified trainers, Workforce Wednesday workshop topics include interviewing skills, communication skills, teamwork, conflict resolution, adaptability, problem-solving, workplace ethics, self-awareness, and more. Workforce Wednesdays help you to develop the critical skills that can enhance your career, enrich relationships and sharpen your leadership capacities.

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Code Louisville

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 students in learning not only the skills a programmer needs, but also provide them with resume-writing assistance, interview workshops, a community of developers to network with, mentors to answer questions, and a network of employers interested in finding their next developer!

Code Louisville has cohorts in both Southern Indiana and Louisville, KY.

For more information, contact Emily Sullivan at emily@codelouisville.org or (502) 208-6880‬.

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160 Driving Academy: Truck Driver Training

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.

For more information, contact info@160drivingacademy.com or (502) 822-2269.

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Kentuckiana Builds

Kentuckiana Builds can prepare participants for quality professions like electricians, carpenters, fiber optic installers, welders, and many more. This program can equip you with the hands-on skills you’ll need for the job and connect you to local employers who are hiring. To be eligible to receive training through Kentuckiana Builds, you must be 18 years of age or older, be eligible to work in the United States, have a state-issued ID, have a high school diploma or GED, and have selective service registration (males only).

For more information on this program, contact Crystal Shockency, Workforce Specialist, Louisville Urban League, cshockency@lul.org or call (502) 362-2824.

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Zoom Group, Inc.

Zoom Group has been providing support for individuals with disabilities for 35 years. This organization’s mission is to empower, educate, and employ people of all abilities. Zoom Group offers work adjustment training programs (including job placement) and pre-employment transition services programs like job exploration, work-based learning experiences, counseling, workplace readiness training for social skills and independent living, and self-advocacy. Zoom Group also offers supported employment programs designed to help individuals be trained in and secure the jobs they want.

For more information, contact Tera Walker at twalker@zoomgroup.org or 502.323.5872.

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Jefferson Community & Technical College


Jefferson Community & Technical College is 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, JCTC has you covered! JCTC offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates, and they’re here to help you reach your goals. Get started by finding the program that works for you!

For more information, fill out this information form or call (502) 873-4187.



The University of Louisville Center for Engaged Learning The Workforce Solutions team at Jefferson Community and Technical College links the Greater Louisville community to the many resources Jefferson provides to meet regional workforce development needs. By offering flexible, diverse educational training and services; on-demand and site-based program delivery; customized credit and non-credit offerings; and the ability to create partnerships with a wide range of constituents, the JTCT Workforce Solutions Department is poised to serve all industry sectors and regional economic development initiatives. For more information, contact Elena Shulgina at elena.shulgina@kctcs.edu or (502) 213-2480.


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! This is a great time to “Be in Tech (bit)”. 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. Click here for more information.


Chefs for Success Culinary Arts Training Program

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, five-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.
For more information, contact thejadedfork@gmail.com or (502) 671-4900.
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Venture Connectors

Venture Connectors is an incorporated, not-for-profit business association originally formed in 1995 as the Venture Club of Louisville. Venture Connectors’ goal is to connect entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, inventors, academics, practitioners, technologists, students and business experts to encourage the expansion of business and commercial investment activities in the Kentuckiana region. Events include monthly luncheons and the annual Venture Sharks™ competition. Membership is open to founders, business professionals, venture capitalists, private investors and students who are involved in the entrepreneurial community. Anyone interested in making valuable contacts, exchanging information or pursuing mutual business opportunities is welcome to attend a Venture Connectors event.

For more information, contact contact@ventureconnectors.org.

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Jefferson BuiLT

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 program 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!

For more information on this program, contact Joshua Lichtsteiner, Jefferson BuiLT Coordinator at jlichtsteiner0002@kctcs.edu or 502-213-4160.

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Louisville Teacher Residency Program

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. See the benefits of the program here.

For more information, contact louisvilleteacherresidency@jefferson.kyschools.us or (502) 485-7967.

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Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana: Excel Center

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. Earn free certifications for high-demand careers such as a Pharmacy Technician, HVAC Maintenance, Welding, Dental Assistance and more.
For more information, contact The Excel Center at enroll@theexcelcenter.org or 317.524.3925.

Teach Kentucky

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.

Teach Kentucky is known for its community, which is one of the primary reasons teachers thrive in Louisville. Their veteran teachers are committed to helping the newer cohort members which often leads to innovative collaboration and long-lasting friendships.

For more information, contact (502) 458-0830 or contact@teachkentucky.com.

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RightChoice Health Care Training Institute

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.

For more information, contact 502-974-2541 or info@RightChoiceKy.com.

Indiana University Southeast

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.
For more information, contact the Student Success Center at sessc@ius.edu or (812) 941-2312.


Staff Development: Invest in your current workforce through tailored educational opportunities with short-term, long-term, or executive growth education solutions.


Fast-track your career with an undergraduate certificate! With the competitive job market, an undergraduate certificate allows you to build your skills and knowledge within your chosen field in a short amount of time. Certificates provide an affordable option for kickstarting your career or preparing for certification or licensure in a short amount of time. IU Southeast offers a variety of undergraduate certificates that can help you get your foot in the door of your career of choice, including Allied Health, Business & Management, Entrepreneurship, Communications, and more.


Work with the IU Southeast Speakers Bureau to find knowledgeable speakers from their faculty and staff for media comments, presentations, lectures, discussions, workshops, and debates. The bureau was created as a service for the regional organizations, media, and communities that the university serves. Browse topics and speakers here!


IU Southeast offers Sales Training through the Sanders Professional Sales Center (SPSC) The SPSC was created to draw high-ability students toward selling as a career, better prepare those students—regardless of major—for early success in professional selling careers, and to connect them with sales professionals in the Kentuckiana region. The core sales curriculum consists of courses in Consultative Selling, Sales Management, and Negotiation, and is supported with other marketing courses in Buyer Behavior, Marketing Research, and Marketing Strategy. Learn more here.

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Kentucky FAME

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!


FOR EMPLOYERS – Learn more here.

KY FAME provides a comprehensive, hands-on education that prepares individuals for a rewarding career in the industry. As part of The Manufacturing Institute, and through its coalition of employers who work collectively to support skills training programs, KY FAME is proactively developing a robust pipeline of qualified workers to close the skills gap. FAME is the premier advanced manufacturing workforce education and development program, helping students become highly skilled, globally competitive, well-rounded and sought-after talent that can meet the unique needs and challenges of today’s modern manufacturing workforce. Every year, FAME graduates’ transition into well-paying, diverse career pathways in critical disciplines across the manufacturing industry and across the country. The Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program administered under the FAME model leverages a work/learn framework to weave technical knowledge, professional behaviors and distinct manufacturing core exercises into a focused co-op experience to build global-best, entry-level, multi-skilled maintenance technicians.


FOR STUDENTS – Learn more here.

Once you’re accepted into KY FAME, you will begin work on a combination education/training program to earn certification as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT). You will attend classes at a local community college two days a week and work 24 hours a week for a local employer – all while being paid a competitive wage for your work. After five semesters you will have earned an associate degree in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance Technology-Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track, 68 to 71 college credit hours, two years of work experience and the AMT certification. At that point, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce full time with all the skills needed to succeed—and with the potential of no school debt!


For more information on this program, contact FAME@nam.org or ‪(202) 480-9260‬.

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Kentucky School of Phlebotomy

Kentucky School of Phlebotomy is a dynamic educational institution focused on community education and specializing in training for phlebotomy and related health careers. This institution is committed to teaching the essential fundamentals for starting a career in healthcare, and students gain valuable experience in both hands-on skills and understanding the theories essential to practice. The KY School of Phlebotomy’s primary goal is to share experiences in the field of medicine to produce students whose skills are exceptional and whose understanding of safety is superior. This school consists of experienced professionals who provide students with the personal attention they need to succeed.

This program provides students with skills and training in order to succeed as a phlebotomist. The course contains 6-weeks of lecture, discussion, and practical instruction in the lab, followed by a 40-hour clinical externship at a local patient service center, hospital, or clinic. The hours of the externship are site-specific, but are usually done over the space of one week, Monday through Friday. This is a larger time commitment but the externship is a valuable clinical experience.

For more information, contact info@kyphleb.com or (502) 791-5977.
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Software Guild

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.

For more information, contact info@thesoftwareguild.com.

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Prosser Career Education Center

The Prosser Career Education Center is committed to providing multiple comprehensive programs and work-based learning experiences 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.

For more information, contact prossertv@nafcs.org or 812-542-8508.
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Community Foundation of Louisville

The Community Foundation of Louisville mobilizes people, networks, and assets to drive meaningful change in and beyond Louisville. This organization strives to connect community resources and relationships to advance racial equity and open opportunity for all. Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in Kentucky with over $800 million in assets and more than 2,300 charitable funds created by donors.

Some initiatives include:

Hadley Creatives, a program that helps artists advance their careers by building business acumen.
Alden Fellows, an initiative that equips nonprofit executives with high-level leadership skills.
Give for Good Louisville, an unprecedented day of unity in the name of philanthropy.

For more information, contact Kitty Gruber, SHRM-CP at kittyg@cflouisville.org or 502.585.4649.
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Mattingly Edge

Mattingly Edge cultivates partnerships that enable people with disabilities to thrive at work, at home, and in relationships. This organization supports people to spend their time, not in day services or specialized programs, but instead working, volunteering, attending school, exercising, socializing, performing personal and household tasks, and investing in other responsible engagements. Mattingly Edge supports people to spend evenings and weekends in their homes and community, hosting friends, attending a book club or art class, or yoga session, participating in a community of faith, going to the local nightspot for a beer, and other ways to enjoy oneself, meet people, and grow as a person. Mattingly Edge refers to these things as “the good things in life.”

To help people attain the good things in life, this organization provides customized one-on-one support with an individual’s specific goals and support needs in mind. A team of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) is recruited and matched with an individual based on personality, skills, interests, and logistics. The person being supported is always an active participant in the interviewing, hiring, and direction of their support team.

For more information, contact Hope Leet Dittmeier, Executive Director, at hdittmeier@mattinglyedge.org or (502) 451-6200.

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Knight School of Welding

Knight School of Welding offers a variety of welding certification classes and completes small welding jobs in the Louisville, KY area. In their program, you’ll get hands-on experience with our MIG, STICK, TIG, and pipe welding training programs. This institution offers classes during the day and at night for your convenience and provides support to graduates after your classes and certification with their lifetime employment assistance. Their team can help you with your employment search, your resume, and preparations for employer welding tests.

For more information, contact contact dave@weldingky.com or (502) 444-1515.
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Lavish Beauty Bar Training Academy

The Lavish Beauty Bar offers a group training course consisting of training with the most in-depth details on the lashing industry. Lavish Lashes Academy provide many different learning techniques to ensure we reach each person’s learning style. We will work from both client and lash artist experience so that we make sure your confident in being on both sides of the business. Classroom sizes are no bigger than 3 per instructor to make sure your getting an extensive individual attention. Our course comes with an exclusive Lavish Lashes training manual that has everything you need to know about lashing. After becoming certified and perfecting our craft we feel confident that we have the education and technique you will need to be successful eyelash technician. In our intensive training students will learn the theory of eyelash extensions in great depth as well as the hands on application skills needed to be successful in this industry. Lavish Lashes classic extension training includes a complete kit, certificate, 10% off student discount on future products, 15% off one refresher training within 2 years, and ongoing mentoring.

For more information, contact info.lavishbeautybar2@gmail.com or 502.709.5161.

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Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL)

The Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) provides leadership development, educational opportunities, and philanthropic support to Louisville’s Young Professionals for the benefit of the local community. The mission of YPAL is to connect, engage, and develop metro Louisville’s young professionals through community, professional, and social opportunities.

For more information, contact Cassidy Hyde, Executive Director, at 502.625.0017 or cassidy.hyde@ypal.org.

Learn more about the Emerging Leaders program here: The YPAL Emerging Leaders Program is a unique program in the Louisville area that addresses specific leadership development needs of young professionals as emerging leaders. The program spans seven classes over three months and is open to approximately 20-30 YPAL members selected via an application process.

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Interapt – Workforce Development

Interapt Workforce Development solves enterprise resource constraints, helps employers to closes talent gaps, promotes diversity, and propels equity in tech. Through customized training programs offered at no cost to employer partners, Interapt Workforce Development finds, selects, and trains untapped talent with the ability to quickly onboard to meet your business goals. Interapt can help build your talent pipeline from the ground up! Their 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.

Training programs include:

Full-Stack Software Development (Java, Cobol, React, and more)
Data Science
Data Analytics
IT Project Management
IT Support
Mainframe Programming
UX/UI Design
Entry-Level Roles

For more information, contact Merabeth Martin, President of Interapt Skills at merabeth.martin@interapt.com.

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Lincoln Foundation

Lincoln Foundation has empowered youth to overcome adversity through education since its founding by Berea College in 1910. Their mission is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming social and economic barriers to achievement. Lincoln Foundation provides a signature college readiness program: Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars®, which annually admits high-potential youth from under-resourced communities throughout the greater Louisville region. Students commit to participating in experiential Saturday morning and summer programs that prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for high school graduation and the rigors of college.

For more information, contact contact info@lincolnfdn.org or 502.585.4733.


The Whitney M. Young Scholars Program® is Lincoln Foundation’s signature college readiness program annually admits high potential youth from under-resourced communities throughout the Louisville area. This program serves the needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students in grades eight through college, and the goal of is to empower students toward academic achievement and college graduation. Lincoln Foundation also assists Scholars and their families in identifying and obtaining financial aid for post-secondary education, and guidance/scholarship assistance continue throughout the Scholars’ college years. Scholars can receive scholarships each college semester as an incentive for continued academic achievement! Click here for more information.

Formerly known as Project BUILD, the Digital Transformation Academy from the Lincoln Foundation enhances students’ understanding of the various ways data and technology are transforming the modern business world. Designed for high school juniors and seniors, students learn multiple technology applications, including Google analytics and software applications. Participants in the program earn certification in Google Analytics. Click here for more information.



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Common Table Culinary Arts Training

Common Table works to reduce poverty in the 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 eight-week program, students learn the basics of working in the food service industry and obtain Louisville Metro Food Service Manager’s Certification. 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, and skills are refined through experiential learning in the Common Table kitchen as students prepare food for catering orders. All revenue generated through catering sales supports the training program.
For more information, contact Lacole Hamilton at lhamilton@archlou.org or 502-873-2566 ext. 256.
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The Plan Room

The Plan Room at OneWest was formed in 2014 by a diverse group of professionals in Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows program. They believed that the clearest path to economic renaissance in west Louisville is an influx of private, philanthropic, and public capital. It is abundantly clear that Louisville’s continued growth and vitality rests primarily on intentional and focused inclusion of west Louisville. Their vision includes strategies to provide the residents of west Louisville with increased opportunities for employment and business ownership; to re-create the 18th and West Broadway corridor as a destination of choice where Louisvillians will spend their dollars; and, an increased economic prosperity will stabilize the housing market, enhance access to services, improve health and safety, and instill a renewed sense of pride.

For more information, please contact Donovan C. Taylor, Director, at 502.384-0490 or dtaylor@onewest.org or theplanroom@onewest.org.


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Canopy KY

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, the planet, and the future. Through education, certification, and connection, Canopy helps Kentucky businesses participate and succeed with the Good Business movement.

The Canopy Certified Program guides Kentucky businesses toward achieving measurable social and environmental good, operating with the highest ethical standards, and, taking care of all stakeholders along the way.

For more information, contact Ben Smock, Director of Development, at bensmock@canopyky.org.

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New Hope Services, Inc. 

New Hope Services Inc. offers an array of services for both job seekers and employers/business owners! These include Vocational Training & Employment Services; Skills Training; Family Support Services; and, workforce solutions through the New Hope Industries program. Learn more about these programs below:

For more information, contact Brad Wolfe at bwolfe@cvky.org (859) 231-0054.


The Skills Training Program (offered in Clark, Scott, and Floyd Counties in Indiana) helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities work toward personal goals to achieve their highest level of independence. Goals focus on personal, social, educational, daily living, and community integration skills. The Vocational Training program helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities to gain work and productivity skills. Services are based on an individualized plan of care and can include services at New Hope Center or in the community. Activities occur in both group settings and one-on-one with staff. Facility group ratios range, depending on the activity, from 1 staff to 2-8 clients. Learn more here.

The Employment Services program assists individuals in selecting, obtaining, and/or maintaining appropriate employment in competitive settings. Employment Consultants will assist clients to develop a plan for employment, build a resumé, perform a job search, and assist with the application and interview process. Once a job is secured, Employment Consultants can work with clients to help with job stability. Learn more here. Also, be sure to check out the New Hope Industries program below.
New Hope Industries, by New Hope Services, has been providing a variety of manufacturing and subcontracting services for over 45 years to a growing list of companies in Greater Louisville with a full range of subcontracting work for businesses and customers. New Hope Industries offer a capable workforce, competitive pricing, two full-service delivery trucks, double loading docks, adherence to deadlines, and quality control. Jobs can include collating, labeling, small hand assembly, and a wide array of piecework assignments. In addition, their facility has 8,000 square feet of production and warehouse space. Featuring diversified operations and a commitment to quality, New Hope is ISO 9001-2015 certified and adheres to a robust Quality Management System. Download the NHI Fact Sheet to learn more and see a list of businesses that count on New Hope Industries to get the job done. Some services include:

The Skills Training Program (offered in Clark, Scott, and Floyd Counties in Indiana) helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities work toward personal goals to achieve their highest level of independence. Goals focus on personal, social, educational, daily living, and community integration skills. The Vocational Training program helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities to gain work and productivity skills. Services are based on an individualized plan of care and can include services at New Hope Center or in the community. Activities occur in both group settings and one-on-one with staff. Facility group ratios range, depending on the activity, from 1 staff to 2-8 clients. Learn more here.

The Employment Services program assists individuals in selecting, obtaining, and/or maintaining appropriate employment in competitive settings. Employment Consultants will assist clients to develop a plan for employment, build a resumé, perform a job search, and assist with the application and interview process. Once a job is secured, Employment Consultants can work with clients to help with job stability. Learn more here. Also, be sure to check out the New Hope Industries program below.
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Building Institute of Greater Louisville

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.

For more information on this program, contact 502-429-0513 or visit their website.

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Community Venures

Community Ventures helps people own homes and start businesses. From affordable financing to education, to neighborhood revitalization, Community Ventures’ areas of focus offer the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for people across Kentucky. This organization is focused on the areas of greatest need, where they feel they can make the most impact; they offer a range of products and services from financial counseling to large scale neighborhood revitalization. The Community Ventures Homeownership Center works to enable prospective and current homeowners to achieve their dreams through counseling, education, and affordable lending options. They have a successful history of building new homes and buying, remodeling, and re-selling homes, making it possible for their clients to purchase like-new homes and enjoy the benefits of safe, affordable homeownership.

Learn more about their two programs for entrepreneurs here: Art, Inc. and Opllo E-Commerce

For more information, contact Brad Wolfe at bwolfe@cvky.org (859) 231-0054.


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Sullivan University

Sullivan University has created an environment where students from different places and different stages of life can come together, exchange ideas, and learn and that is what makes Sullivan unique. If you want to attend a school where you will learn through a Career-focused curriculum, work with instructors who are passionate about their fields and who will help you succeed, while also taking the next step toward your future, then Sullivan is the place for you. Sullivan University has certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs available.

For more information, contact slvadmissions@sullivan.edu or 502-456-6505.

Parnell Commercial Driving School (Mister “P” Express)

Begin your driving career at Mister “P” Express today! This school is fully accredited since 2007 by the State of Indiana and is located in Jeffersonville, IN. 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.

For more information, fill out their contact form or call (812) 256-0400.

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Western Kentucky University (Elizabethtown, KY)

Western Kentucky University (Elizabethtown Campus) is a student-centered, applied research university that is dedicated to making sure students achieve their goals and graduate with skills for success. In addition to graduating with a diploma, students will enter the real world with experience that makes them stand out above the rest. WKU is home to many highly ranked and nationally-recognized academic programs such as Journalism and Broadcasting, Education, Engineering, Business, and our award-winning speech and debate team. More than 18,000 students grace our campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Owensboro, and the Elizabethtown area.

For more information, contact Gail Ledford, Coordinator of Student Services & Outreach, at gail.ledford@wku.edu or (270) 706-8870.

Louisville Free Public Library Immigrant Services

The Louisville Free Public Library offers a wide range of ongoing international and English Language Learning programming at the Library. LFPL’s collection includes books and movies in many languages and more than 500 learn-a-language CD sets, from Arabic to Urdu, as well as downloadable audio foreign language courses. A number of library locations also offer a rich mix of activities, including multilingual storytimes, cultural showcases, conversation groups, foreign films, and literary “salons” in several languages. During the month of September, the entire Library system celebrates Louisville’s diversity during International Month.

For more information, contact Alecia Fuller at alecia.fuller@lfpl.org or (502) 574-1611.

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The Spot: Young Adult Opportunity Campuses

The Spot: Young Adult Opportunity Campuses offer free career and education resources for young adults ages 16-24 in the Louisville region. Located at JCTC Campus (800 W Chestnut Street) and NIA (2900 W Broadway), the Spot provides an inviting environment for anyone needing guidance in figuring out the next step in life, like continuing education, starting a career, gaining credentials, by creating a path to independence and self-sufficiency. Nobody is ever alone at the Spot! Earn incentives and wages as you explore the world of possibilities, communicate with people who get it, and tap into your inner self.

No pathway is out of the question. The Spot partners with a wealth of educational, vocational, and training providers to meet in-demand jobs and creative jobs. Some trainings are provided in-house, such as Digital Literacy and Customer Services. National credentials are always our mission when serving you with a variety of trainings.

For more information, contact Renee Walters at 502-574-4115 or Renee.Walters@kentuckianaworks.org.


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Behavioral Health Groups
Transportation Assistance
Case Management
Mental Health – 1:1, Music Therapy, Group Therapy
Exploration of Career Pathways
Paid Trainings, Credentials, and Licensure
Placement with Employers – Job Shadows, Internships, Permanent Jobs
Assistance Navigating the Court System
Job/Work Ready Workshops
Digital Literacy
Career – Interest and Aptitude Assessments
Legal Aid and Expungement
General Education and Post-Secondary Education
Paid Internships up to 350+ hours
Professional Development

Seven Counties Services

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.

For more information, contact PGuerrero@sevencounties.org, HMarcus@sevencounties.org or (502) 589-8600.

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Ivy Tech Community College

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. Ivy Tech has the resources, focus, and flexibility to meet students where they are, then walk with them to where they’re going. This institution knows that no two students’ paths to the future look the same, and they listen and support each individuals plans to develop a plan. With 70+ academic programs and classes in 75+ communities in Indiana, plus online options, you’ll be able to find your fit for the next step in your career which will lead to a better life, every day from graduation on.

For more information, contact asksellersburg@ivytech.edu or 812-246-3301.


Chef Space Kitchen Incubator

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 more than three 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.
For more information, email chefspace@cvky.org or submit a contact request at https://www.chefspace.org/contact-us.
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Created by Jefferson Community & Technical College, Code Louisville and the Louisville Tech Alliance


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!
For more information, visit http://bit502.com/ or contact JCTC at (502) 213-5333.



Metallica Scholars Program (ECTC)

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. The program has caught the eyes of some major players in the workwear industry who have made significant contributions to their workforce education program. Both Carhartt, through its “Hard Rock is Hard Work” Labor Day campaign, and Wolverine, through its Project Bootstrap program, have helped the Metallica Scholars team to train the skilled trade professionals of tomorrow.
For more information, contact ECTC at (270) 769-2371 or visit the ECTC Metallica Scholars Program website.

ACE Mentor Program

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.

Want to be an ACE Mentor? Click here for more info!

For more information, contact Jeff Hofmann, Board Treasurer at jeffhofmann58@gmail.com, or Dwayne Rice, Board Chairman, at drice@henderson-services.com.

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Greater Knox Coding Academy (ECTC)

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.
For more information, contact contact Steve Bratcher at steve.bratcher@kctcs.edu or call/text 270-734-7653.
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University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the university’s 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville’s medical complex and houses the university’s health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.

For more information, contact admitme@louisville.edu or 502.852.6531.


The University of Louisville Center for Engaged Learning was created to provide a coordinated effort to expand learning beyond the classroom by collaborating with campus, community, and industry partners to provide engaged learning opportunities that prepare undergraduate students for academic and career success. The CEL celebrates diversity and pursues equitable opportunities for all students to participate in high-quality experiences.


The Cybersecurity Workforce Certificate Program offered by the University of Louisville is workforce-focused and seeks to fill the gap of entry level positions and cybersecurity jobs. The University of Louisville has created a coalition of schools called “Pathways Coalition” to create a Cybersecurity Workforce Certificate program, funded by The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. The Coalition focuses on enhancing student knowledge in cybersecurity foundational courses. Post-graduation, students will have the skillset to begin or grow a career in cybersecurity. For more information, contact 502-852-3871 or nsacyber@louisville.edu.


The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences is proud to be the Commonwealth of Kentucky Local Performance Site (LPS) for the Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC) located at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. The Commonwealth of Kentucky PHTC LPS offers public health training workshops, continuing education, student field placements, and regional health assessment and collaborative development. The purpose of the University of Louisville PHTC is to strengthen the competencies of the current and future public health workforce, expose public health students to the value of working in underserved areas, advocate for public health systems and policies, and contribute to the work of the national PHTC program. This mission will be achieved through the provision of workforce trainings in collaboration with partners, faculty and student collaborative projects, and student placements. For more information, contact Collette Davis at cpdavi05@louisville.edu.


The UofL Organizational Leadership & Learning Department, offers innovative programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels that educate professionals who focus on leadership, organization development, human resources, and workforce development to benefit individuals, organizations and society. For more information, contact ollinfo@louisville.edu.


Truck Driver Institute (TDI)


Since 1973, the Truck Driver Institute (TDI) has trained over 10,000 of the highly-qualified licensed truck drivers in America, who are hired by their 20+ carrier partners because their standards match truck driver employment policies. Courses at TDI are a mixture of classroom and behind-the-wheel training to ensure that students leave TDI training facilities with the skills, knowledge, and experience that big transportation companies are looking for from their rookie drivers. TDI offers excellent financial aid options including: military benefits, carrier-paid tuition, student financing, and a $1,000 scholarship for self-paying students. In their program, students will receive support every step of the way from enrollment to graduation and job placement after graduation.
For more information, see the links below or contact 800-848-7364.

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Simmons College of Kentucky (HBCU)


Simmons College of Kentucky is an institution of biblical higher education dedicated to educating people through strong academic and professional programs so they may become productive citizens and agents of change in society. Simmons is proud to be Louisville’s only Historically Black College & University (HBCU). This institution delivers a top-notch, one-on-one educational experience that fosters lifelong success for 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.

For more information, contact Ta’Kiesha Barger, Academic Affairs Coordinator, at tbarger@simmonscollegeky.edu or (502) 776-1443.


Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center


The Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center provides on-the-job training to help individuals find the career that’s right for them! 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. They can also help individuals get a GED or high school diploma. The Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center fully supports 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. This organization also offers career planning, on-the-job training, 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.
Before and after graduation, this organization will assist students in conducting a job search and can help with connections to resources relevant to healthcare, housing, legal assistance, and childcare. For six months after graduation, a Job Corps Career Transition Specialist will keep in touch with each student to make sure things are going well in their new careers. They also have agreements with community colleges and related institutions to teach career courses and to have individual students take courses to gain college credit, and they can work with students to help them transfer into college programs when appropriate.
For more information, contact (502) 722-8862 or Jennings.glen@jobcorps.org (national office NationalOffice@jobcorps.gov).

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Rauch, Inc.

Rauch, Inc. works to support people with disabilities and their families while encouraging a community that acknowledges the value and contribution of all people. Rauch, Inc. promotes professional growth by providing employees opportunities for promotion to supervisory roles and to apply for new roles across departments. This organization also supports employment by assisting with the job search, skill development, and job coaching as well as working with schools in the community to aid students in their journey after high school.

For more information, contact Holly Adam at (812) 945-4063 or hadam@rauchinc.org.

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Junior League of Louisville

The Junior League of Louisville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Above all else, their goal is to promote and perpetuate social change in Louisville, KY and the surrounding communities that will benefit most from it. By empowering women and providing valuable leadership training, JLL is giving local women the tools to get involved, put their talents to work, and positively impact the communities in and around Louisville.

For more information, contact 502-637-5415 or admin@juniorleaguelouisville.org.

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Dismas: Re-entry Services

Dismas serves as the primary re-entry point for over 8,000 men and women returning to society from state and federal prisons each year. At their re-entry centers across the nation, Dismas provides a range of tailored services that address specific community needs and meet or exceed stringent government regulations associated with residential re-entry centers. Dismas Charities provides quality, cost-effective, community-based supervision and support services while focusing on healing the human spirit.

A critical component of their work is a focus on helping their residents obtain meaningful employment. Through employment, their residents repay their debts to society and become responsible, independent citizens, taxpayers, parents, and contributors to the community. Thousands of agencies and employers across the country work with Dismas to provide employment opportunities for residents. Dismas staff works with residents to deliver job-specific training and support to help make a successful transition to long-term employment.

For more information, contact Sarah Weidner at sWeidner@dismas.com or (502) 636-2033.

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Louisville Beauty Academy

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.

For more information, contact study@louisvillebeautyacademy.net or 502-625-5531.

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Louisville Central Community Center

Louisville Central Community Center is a non-profit, community-based organization that offers a variety of programs and services to support adults in the workforce, along with emerging entrepreneurs. Employment services and job training for adults, money management and homeownership are just some of the services provided in addition to those listed below. Programs include:

– Working Solutions: Employer and job seeker service which helps to connect the right candidate to the right positions. Job seekers may also access other services such as assistance with resume building, search and placement assistance, and mock interviewing.

– Money Matters Club: A financial coaching club that offers 1:1 financial coaching support to help participants achieve goals in the areas of asset attainment, budgeting and savings, credit attainment and repair, and much more. This program also works to alleviate barriers to goal achievement such as low wage employment, childcare issues, housing, and transportation issues. 

– Adult Basic Education (GED): In partnership with JCPS we offer FREE GED classes to individuals interested in obtaining their GED. 

– Skill Up Webinar Series: A technology skills training program to help both entrepreneurs and family leaders compete in our ever-changing world. This webinar series is aimed at providing information about certifications in artificial intelligence, data analytics, and cyber security.

– Entrepreneurship Training Program & Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) Network: Offers networking and training opportunities to both budding and experienced entrepreneurs.

For more information, contact (502) 583-8821 or doingbusiness@lcccnews.org.

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Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency

The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency works to eliminate barriers to economic self-sufficiency for low-income families and senior citizens through community supports and partnerships. The MPCAA works on behalf of individuals and families to help them improve their daily living situations and to stabilize the family unit. Through their various programs and services, they promote self-sufficiency and independent living, helping their customers to achieve their own success by focusing on the positive aspects of their lives.

For more information, contact Kim Embrey-Hill at (502) 633-7162 or kim@mpcaa.org.

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Webster University, Louisville Campus

Webster University helps you take your career to the next level with 60+ undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs! This institution knows that their students need flexibility when it comes to the classroom, which is why they offer programs either online or in-person. Webster University offers four-year degrees, accelerated master’s degrees, doctoral programs, certificates, and professional development series — all with more than 160 program offerings and a variety of flexible study options.

For more information, contact Erica Ellard at ericaellard90@webster.edu.

S.O.U.L. Clinic of Kentuckiana

The SOUL Clinic of Kentuckiana is a non-profit organization that offers assistance with basic needs or benefits, peer counseling, help with housing, employment or education, connections to services or resources, social and recreational opportunities, structured educational or support groups, and crisis response. Need someone to advocate for you? Have you recently been released on probation, parole, or have served out? We will help you navigate finding a job. Some of SOUL Clinic’s services include:

– Pay Day – Soul Clinic provides a program for job seekers that conducts career assessments, resume writing, assistance in applying for employment, advocating for applicants to the employer, job training, and referrals to other training programs as needed.

– Moving Forward – Need help getting to your new job? Soul Clinic provides a transportation program that offers bicycle, bus passes & rides through Lyft to and from work until you receive your second paycheck.

– Legal Assistance – Soul Clinic helps individuals complete paperwork and determine eligibility for supplemental security income, disability & expungement screenings, obtaining a state-issued ID or driver’s license, birth certificate or social security card. In addition, Soul Clinic can help individuals applying for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or KPAP (Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program).

For more information, contact Destiny Cox at destiny.cox@soulclinicofkentuckiana.org or 502-653-9164.
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Mid-America Science Park Training & Workforce Development Center

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. MASPark’s Training and Workforce Development Center offers students of all ages ample opportunity to study and earn sought-after certifications in progressive fields. The state-of-the-art communication center complements onsite instruction through virtual audiovisual training with remote colleges and universities.


Programs include:

Welding Training & Certification

MSSC Certified Production Technician Training

Advanced Manufacturing Training


For more information, contact Tyson Skinner, Director of Education & Training at (812) 752-9521 or tskinner@cityofscottsburg.com.

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YouthBuild Louisville

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. Click here to view a program flyer.

For more information, contact Lynn Rippy, Executive Director at info@yblky.org or (502) 817-4324.

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Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake works to to engage individuals in the community while promoting independence, self-sufficiency, and spiritual health. Cedar Lake Employment Specialists focus on aiding job seekers in obtaining a meaningful job. Specialists help job seekers to find a job within competitive employment that both earns a living wage and provides a satisfying career while building natural relationships and in the workplace. In addition, this organization offers vocational rehabilitation services to assist individuals with their goals to reach their employment outcomes. Counselors are assigned to each case to discuss guidance and assessments that focus on person-centered initiatives.

For more information, contact 502-495-4946 or info@cedarlake.org.

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Adelante Hispanic Achievers

Adelante Hispanic Achievers is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization chartered with a mission to inspire and empower Hispanic youth to become self-sufficient, successful individuals who have the tools they need to achieve their dreams and participate as creative, educated world citizens. Their programming focuses on the holistic development of their students, including academics, career exploration, cultural awareness, plus personal and social development. Adelante provides long-term educational guidance, programming and resources to students from grades 6-12. All Adelante programs and services are provided free of charge.

For more information, contact edgardo@adelanteky.org or (502) 341-9415.

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National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Kentucky Chapter

If you’ve been looking for a place that supports and elevates women business owners to the next level, the National Association of Women Business Owners, Kentucky Chapter, is for you. NAWBO is the essential community for all women business owners with a diverse group of members supporting, encouraging, teaching, and sharing with each other. NAWBO is a network for women in business that supports, provides resources, aids opportunities and forms partnerships among the woman-owned business community in Kentucky and beyond. While NAWBO is a world-wide organization, NAWBO Kentucky serves Kentucky, the Southern Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio areas. Members represent a variety of different business industries, providing opportunities for business connections in whatever area you need them. Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners, and corporate owners with day-to-day management responsibility, along with those who support the mission and vision of NAWBO.

For more information, contact Assistant@nawbokentucky.org or and president@nawbokentucky.org for more information.


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Spalding University

Spalding University is a diverse community with a core commitment to inclusion. Because of their Catholic roots, Spalding University values their students, faculty, and staff from all walks of life. This university specializes in helping adult students take their education to the next level, whether that be a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral Degree. Spalding’s unique 6-week block schedule is available for online, in-person, and hybrid programs. Spalding partners with a multitude of local companies to support their employee’s continuing education. With 50+ programs and growing, Spalding’s liberal arts education can support your career growth.

For more information, contact Jill Gaines, Director of Admissions at jgaines01@spalding.edu or (502) 873-4187.

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is comprised of three separate schools — two premier graduate schools and an undergraduate college, and is a private, not-for-profit institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. This institution offers a number of different degree programs and concentrations so that students can prepare for the ministry.
For more information, contact admissions@sbts.edu or (502) 897-4200.
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Options Unlimited, Inc.

Options Unlimited, Inc. (OU) provides a variety of employment services at no cost to individuals with disabilities and supports individuals so that they may achieve their desired vocational goals of working in the community. Individuals begin the Supported Employment process at the assessment and planning stage. During this time OU will look at the individual’s interests and skills and match these to a potential employer through job development. On-the-job training and coaching is a support that is offered to assure success of the individuals in the OU Supported Employment Program. Ongoing follow up and support is provided to ensure the long-term success of the individual working in the community with services such as training programs, resume development, interviewing skills, job readiness, job development services and on-the-job support.

For more information, contact contact Willie Byrd at williebyrd@gmail.com or 502-955-7271.

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Harrison County Lifelong Learning Center

Harrison County Lifelong Learning partners with several educational institutions and community resources to increase the skills and abilities of local citizens while empowering and enriching their lives in an effort to promote a lifetime of learning. Certification & training programs include CDL Driver Training; Dental Assisting; Medical Assisting; Phlebotomy, and more.
For more information, contact shari@harrisonlifelonglearning.com or (812) 738-7736.



In partnership with FIE Truck Driving School, local classes are offered with individualized instruction that prepare students for a Class A Commercial Driver’s License. Financial assistance is available. If you are interested in information regarding this CDL Truck Driver Training Program, you can learn more here.


Harrison County Lifelong Learning, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College of Southern Indiana offers Information Technology classes. Programs are STATE FUNDED through the Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant. If a student qualifies through an application process, there is no cost to attend the course. Learn more here!


Medical training programs offered include: Certified Nurse Aide; Qualified Medication Aide; Phlebotomy Technician; Certified Clinical Medical Assistant; and, Dental Assistant Certification. Learn more here!


Harrison County Lifelong Learning administers the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC), a portable, industry-recognized credential that clearly identifies an individual’s workplace skills. The test consists of three sections; Workplace Documents, Applied Math and Graphic Literacy. Individuals can earn a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze level status which correlates to virtually any job and reveals an employee’s aptitude for different skills. Learn more here!


Harrison County Lifelong Learning and Purdue University Manufacturing Extension Partnership can offer a Six Sigma Green Belt Training to area employers. Participants will leave the training with a thorough understanding of the DMAIC process, data collection techniques and the statistical methods used in Six Sigma projects. Learn more here!


Galen College of Nursing

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. Their regionally accredited nursing school prepares new nurses to sit for the NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® licensure exams.

For more information, contact Michael Rabkin at mrabkin@galencollege.edu (502) 813-4747.
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Elizabethtown Community & Technical College

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 eight-week format so that students can focus on fewer classes at a time. With small class 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.

For more information, contact Mary Donovan at mary.donovan@kctcs.edu or 270-706-8620


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. Click here for more information.


The Metallica Scholars Program 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. Click here for more information.

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Purdue University Polytechnic Institute

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.

Contact newalbanytech@purdue.edu or 765-494-7762.
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Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation Training Consortium

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.

For more information, contact 270-737-0300 or view the program brochure here.

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Decode Project

Decode Project’s mission is to eliminate inequities in education by fostering a diverse community of learners prepared to navigate the world. This organization prepares future educators and community leaders with training in evidence-based, multi-sensory Structured Literacy; anti-racist/anti-biased relationship building; resilience-building; and trauma-informed care. Decode Project also provides workshops, resources, individualized reports, and advocacy support for caregivers, community agencies, schools, and educators.

For more information, contact info@decodeproject.org or (502)509-1814.

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Caris College

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.

For more information, contact admissions@cariscollege.edu or 812-952-9791.
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Bellarmine University

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.

For more information, contact admissions@bellarmine.edu or 502-272-8000.
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HighVibe School of Integrative Massage & Bodywork

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.

For more information, contact 502-821-0305.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Their education center in Louisville, KY offers a wide range of programs for adults seeking their associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees. IWU’s programs are also available in locations throughout Southern Indiana. Course instruction is provided by faculty members who are academically qualified and bring professional experience to the classroom. Small class sizes encourage team-focused and hands-on learning with real-life applications. Adult students find that IWU’s rigorous educational programs and collaborative learning environment provide an enhanced academic experience

For more information, contact louisville.edcenter@indwes.edu or 502-261-5000.
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Northwood University – Louisville Program Center

Northwood University in Louisville KY prepares students to graduate with real-world practice, a head start on their careers, and grounded with values and perspectives that guide lifelong learning and success. Plus, since major classes start during the freshman year, students will be ready for internships after year one. Internships typically lead to higher starting salary offers from employers because the internship experience is valuable. Applying Northwood curriculum, students will be able to immediately make an impact for their employer and earn better opportunities. While Northwood University identifies as a small university, the institution has a large business school and often ranks national top-ten in organizations like DECA, Business Professionals of America and Mock Trial.

FOR EMPLOYERS – Partner with Northwood University to offer your workforce training in business/business administration! Learn more here. 
For more information, contact James Croan, Director of KY Operations and Corporate Relations, at croanj@northwood.edu or (502) 261-1977.
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Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Led by the Holy Spirit, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary educates people to proclaim the Gospel, to care for all, and to work for justice in communities everywhere. Louisville Seminary will provide students with an outstanding theological and practical education that prepares them for service in a pluralistic society with a focus on retaining excellent faculty who form students in their personal, professional, and spiritual lives, and support faculty and students in creative and rigorous scholarship opportunities, through grant writing, sabbaticals, and any other means of support. Louisville Seminary will encourage those faculty who are called to research to do that work well. This institution celebrates, publicizes, and supports the research, writing, and scholarship of members of the Louisville Seminary community. Having formed and advertised Black church studies as central to Louisville Seminary, the institution will live into its commitments and support this program so it may become the leading Black church studies program in the country, with a focus on research, action, and reflection on Black churches and Black life.
For more information, contact info@lpts.edu or (502) 895-3411.
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Campbellsville University – Louisville Education Center

Campbellsville University is a comprehensive, Christian institution that offers non-credit technical programs, along with certificates, associates, undergraduate and graduate programs. The university is dedicated to academic excellence solidly grounded in the liberal arts that fosters personal growth, integrity, and professional preparation within a caring environment.
Boasting several degree options and certifications, including the Master of Science in Information Technology Management, CU hopes you will find your calling. In addition to being ranked as one of America’s Best Christian Colleges, and a top Kentucky and southern institution in accredited national and world university rankings like the U.S. News & World Report, Campbellsville University is also a Military Friendly School, an NAIA Five-Star Champions of Character Institution and has been named to President’s Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service.

For more information, contact snharding@campbellsville.edu or (502) 753-0264.

Workwell Industries

The Workwell Industries is a non-profit organization that is committed to creating jobs for people with disabilities and others who experience barriers to employment. This organization provides quality packaging, parts assembly as well as various other services to many large organizations in the US and worldwide. By choosing to outsource these services to Workwell, companies routinely reduce overhead & save on the cost of a project.

For more information, contact Sandy Boyd at boyd@workwellindustries.org or 502-772-7383.

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Iron Workers Local 70 JATC (Apprenticeship Program)

This is a four-year apprenticeship and employment in structural steel, reinforcing steel, welding, factory maintenance and more. The Training Center is approved by the Kentucky and US DOL, also a Certified AWS Training and Testing Facility, and their teachers are MSHA and OSHA Certified Outreach Providers. With every new job, their members are taught to see it as an opportunity to become a better craftsman, and learn from the most critical down to the simplest detail. The success of the region’s workforce depends on our contractor’s success, and that starts by employing the best-trained, safest, and most productive ironworkers. This apprenticeship program provides an excellent opportunity to learn a craft that will provide lifelong security with excellent wages and benefits. Apprentices earn while they learn by completing 208 classroom hours and 1500 hours of on-the-job training (OJT).

Find more information on their website or contact Ryan Terry, Apprentice Coordinator at ryan.terry.iw70@gmail.com or (502) 634-3348.
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River Valley Resources (Southern IN)

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
– 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.

For more information, contact (812) 701-0658 or kmccollum@rivervalleyresources.com.
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Fort Knox Army Advanced Manufacturing Career Skills Program (ECTC)


The Fort Knox Army Advanced Manufacturing Career Skills Program (part of the Army Skills Career 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. As a Military Friendly college, ECTC’s Military and Veterans Center, Career Center, and Fort Knox campus are all ready to help you succeed.
For more information, contact Catherine Gentry at catherine.e.gentry4.ctr@army.mil or 502-624-8246; or Craig Johnson at cjohnson0864@kctcs.edu or 270-706-8811.