The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have partnered to train Workforce Solutions leaders from all 16 colleges across the state for the second year in a row. Students who participate in the Talent Pipeline Management Academy will get the change to learn about jobs and solutions to workforce-related challenges.

The academy is an employer-led approach to identify and train for workforces that the state needs. The three-part program will also help train the future managers on ways to build a talent supply chain for Kentucky businesses that need workers.

“The partnership between the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and KCTCS will help our state align a business-first approach for developing workforce solutions for Kentucky businesses.” Shannon Gilkey, KCTCS vice chancellor for academics and workforce development, said in a news release. “KCTCS values the hard work and dedication of the Workforce Center to bring this partnership with our 16 colleges across the state.”

Kentucky was designated in 2018 as one of three states in the country to implement the academies. The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center has convened 26 industry collaboratives engaging nearly 200 employers working together to strengthen their talent pipelines.

On top of their other duties, the students will learn how to address the unique workforce challenges presented by COVID-19. They will focus on how to create the workforce needed to help the economic recovery.

“We are so excited to continue the spread of TPM throughout Kentucky,” Beth Davisson, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center executive directors said in a news release. “Through our partnership with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Kentucky’s Workforce and Education Cabinet, we are able to expand the impact across the state and continue helping Kentucky’s businesses build and train the talent they need.”

Hopkinsville Community College Workforce Development Liaison Lea Martin will represent the community.

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