LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Terrance Whitehead isn't wasting any time.
He came straight to the Kentucky Career Center after hearing about an opportunity he says could change his life.
"I’m going to make a change, a change for the better," Whitehead said. "I'm going to take advantage of it to the fullest, make something out of nothing and show people I can do it."
Mayor Greg Fischer announced $2 million in funding that will help train unemployed and underemployed residents of Kentuckiana. The scholarships are made possible through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.
Candidates will receive $4000 a year in education/training and $600 a year for supportive costs like uniforms, tools and books for up to two years. It's part of an economic development strategy the Mayor Fischer says will result in a stronger, more prepared workforce.
"Putting more money where it can be used for workforce development and workforce analysis so that we're smartly investing that money at the same time," Mayor Fischer explained.
The Kentuckiana Works Board researched the top 50 high-demand occupations and broke them down into five sectors for training, which include Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Trades, Business Services, Healthcare, Information Technology and Transportation/Logistics.
Michael Hollins is an unemployed U.S. veteran who has struggled to find the right job.
He says the training could help him turn things around.
"Finding work that suits you can be rough depending on the kind of education that you have. But 59 nowadays is the new 40. So I'm looking for a better life. We always strive to be better," said Hollins.
People can find out if they qualify at an orientation session at one of these Kentucky Career Center locations in Jefferson, Bullitt or Shelby counties:
Each Monday at 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Career Center in Shepherdsville (505 Buffalo Run Road, Suite 100)
Each Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Career Center in Shelbyville (88 Brunerstown Rd.)
Each Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center in Louisville (160 Rochester Dr., Building W)
Each Wednesday at the Kentucky Career Center in Shepherdsville (505 Buffalo Run Road, Suite 100)
Each Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Career Center in Louisville (600 W. Cedar St.)
Each Friday at 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Career Center in Louisville (Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway) .
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