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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Many people in several Kentucky counties looking for training in healthcare or information technology can take advantage of scholarships available from Kentuckiana Works.
People who are unemployed or underemployed in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties can apply for the scholarships. They will provide up to $4,000 for tuition and $600 for books and other services each year, up to two years. The scholarships are designed to help someone finish a college degree in healthcare or IT, get an associate degree, or enroll in training.
$485,000 in federal money is available for those scholarships, which are available through June 30.
Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news release. "We're working hard to create new jobs, but we know that many of today's jobs require higher skills and a degree or certification. Getting those skills, education and training now will put people in the best position to enter the workforce in high-demand, higher-paying jobs."
"One of the best ways we can continue our economic recovery is to keep investing in our greatest asset, the American worker," said Kentucky Third District Congressman John Yarmuth.
More information about the KentuckianaWorks Scholarships is available at a KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Center. Three are located in Louisville, and one center is in Shepherdsville. For specific locations, go to www.kentuckianaworks.org, and click on "Find your nearest One-Stop Career Center!" in the red box on the left-hand side of the page.
Career counselors are available at each One-Stop to help people apply for the scholarships. In addition, counselors can help with career assessments and counseling, with job searches, building a resume, interviewing skills and with planning for college.
The KentuckianaWorks Board is making $435,000 available for training in healthcare careers such as:
Licensed Practical Nurse
Certified Nursing Assistant
Medical/Clinical Lab Technician and Technologists
Additionally, $50,000 is available for IT training in careers such as:
Certified Information Systems Security Professional
A+, Network+, and Security+
Computer networking certifications
In addition to a maximum of $4,000 a year (for up to two years) to fund education and training, people who qualify for the KentuckianaWorks Scholarships will receive $600 each of the two years to help with transportation costs for a job search, uniforms and clothing needed for a job, licensure and exam fees, costs associated with transferring or obtaining professional certifications, short-term childcare and tools or gear required for work.