Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center offering free job training

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Federal grant money is paying for hundreds of people to get an education and job training.

The money is offered through the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center to allow students to go to school for four weeks and receive job placement help from career counselors.

"It's difficult to get into a job now days," said Larry Pardue Jr., who is looking for a job.

Pardue lost his job a few months ago and it has been a struggle since. 

"It is humbling sometimes to, you know, have to go seek assistance, you know, it's tough," Pardue explained.

But these days, Pardue is back on track and in school. He is getting valuable training and education for a new career. 

"It's a high level education that they are giving us here, lot of skills, going to increase my skill set and you know, put more tools in my bag and make me more attractive to employers."

Pardue is part of a new class at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center...which is part of Kentuckiana Works.

"So this is a great opportunity, jobs are available, companies are hiring, the pathway to training is relatively short-term and it's paid for," said Michael Gritton, executive director of Kentuckiana Works.

Gritton says since opening last year, dozens of people have found jobs. 

"110 people have gotten a job through the center since we opened at the end of May."

And the classes are free for anyone who walks through the door. 

"It is paid for by a combination of your federal tax dollars and some grant money that we've managed to get from local sources and from national sources," Gritton said.

Gritton also says the career center is working with 30 local companies to help find jobs for people in the program. 

"Part of the advantage you have here is you have two career counselors who are working with those 30 companies and they're learning all the time what they are looking for, they're making individual referrals to those companies."

And Larry Pardue hopes, in the near future, he'll be one of those referrals.

"They have some people here to help with job placement, I mean, they are going to do the whole 9, get you ready for the interviews, everything you need to do to get in the door," said Pardue.

The next training class starts in April. To find more information, click here.

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