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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is trying to bridge a gap that's missing from the Ohio River Bridges project.
Bridges to Opportunities is a new program that will educate and train skilled minority and female workers for careers in construction.
"Bridges to Opportunities is an innovative training program that will help fill a need for women and minority workers in the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project, but that is just the beginning," Gov. Beshear said. "The use of plural terms – ‘bridges' and ‘opportunities' – is no accident. The Ohio River Bridges will be finished in a few years. Those who complete our program will be armed with the skills for a lifetime career."
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has developed the program in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development, Kentucky State University, Louisville Metro Government and FHWA.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the training to be offered through Bridges to Opportunities benefits the entire community. "It takes well-trained workers to build high-quality roads and bridges that will last longer with less maintenance costs for taxpayers," Mayor Fischer said.
Those interested need to be enrolled in existing training and education programs offered by Jefferson community and technical college or local labor unions.
Kentucky State University, the Commonwealth's historically black college and land-grant institution, will administer the program, including recruitment, enrollment, evaluation and basic skills training.