Initiative to Assist Displaced Workers

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More and more people in Kentucky are out of work. In face, our unemployment was at a 22 year high at the start of the year.

Now a program is aimed at helping people looking for a job, by getting them back in the classroom.

Kentucky residents who have filed for unemployment benefits since October 1st are eligible for this program. The Governor is hoping it will get those without a job back on their feet.

One person who was all to familiar with this situation was Jeff Buis. He lost his job after 9 years of working for a Danville company.

"There's some frustration. Long hours, worried about the mortgage, the wife at home. Those type of things", Buis says.

He's not the only one who has been in this situation. Today, many people now at KCTCS schools came forward in Frankfort speaking about their own experiences of losing their job. The one thing they all had in common was that all of them turned back to school, now attending a technical college in Kentucky.

It's what the Governor and the President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Michael McCall, are hoping others who are unemployed will also do during these hard economic times.

"This program will help Kentucky reshape it's economy by meeting the projected demands for workers in the Kentucky areas", says Governor Steve Beshear.

To do this they are offering a fifty percent tuition scholarship for up to six credit hours to help get those without a job back in school.

"That is critical not only to Kentucky's future economic viability but to the quality of life and employability to many of our citizens", says Michael McCall, President of KCTCS.

If you are interested in being a part of this program, you can contact any KCTCS college for more information. All KCTCS colleges will be a part of the Career Transitions program.

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