Economic Development Newsroom


$250,000 for layoff assistance to be provided to Louisville-based workers

Wednesday March 3, 2004

Contact: Dave Riggins,(502) 564-6606, Dave.Riggins@ky.gov, or Kitty Armstrong McAllister KittyA.McAllister@ky.gov

Laid-off workers in Louisville will have a chance for more education and training assistance as they make plans to reenter the workforce. This help for dislocated workers comes in the form of $250,000 from Education Cabinet Secretary Virginia G. Fox.

Today Fox awarded the money to the Greater Louisville Workforce Investment Area’s (WIA) KentuckianaWorks and the Louisville Metro Government to help laid-off workers with reemployment. Fox presented the check to Mayor Jerry Abramson, Metro Council President Kelly Downard and KentuckianaWorks Executive Director Michael Gritton at a 10:30 a.m. news conference held at a KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Center at 6th and Cedar in Louisville.

The federal WIA Rapid Response Additional Assistance funds are provided by the Kentucky Department for Training and ReEmployment (DTR), an agency in the Education Cabinet. The funds will be used in Louisville’s KentuckiananaWorks One-Stop Career Centers to provide services such as job search assistance, career counseling, resume building, basic skills training and occupational skills training.

“We are glad to work with KentuckianaWorks and the Louisville Metro Government to provide support for the workers in Louisville to help them reenter the workforce,” said Education Cabinet Secretary Virginia G. Fox.
 
“Losing a job is a traumatic experience for the individual. In many cases, an employee has worked for a company for many years and was expecting to retire from that company, not be searching for a new job. We want to do all we can to make this transition easier for them. This funding helps us do just that.”

“With the announcement by Secretary Fox of $250,000 in additional assistance, we will be able to help more people get the training and tools they need to be more competitive for jobs in what is an increasingly competitive economy,” Abramson said. “The bottom line is that the more skilled and educated we are the more likely we are to survive the dips in our economic roller coaster and thrive when the national economy is on the rise.”

Program staff and customers of the Dislocated Worker Program were on hand to discuss services and opportunities available to laid-off workers needing assistance and to employers facing layoffs.
 
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The Kentucky Department for Training and ReEmployment (DTR), an agency in the Education Cabinet, administers employment and training programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), of the U.S. Department of Labor. DTR is awarding these federal WIA Rapid Response Additional Assistance funds to KentuckianaWorks. Workers affected by plant closures and mass layoffs are assisted through local One-Stop Career Centers. For more information about DTR and One-Stop Career Centers across Kentucky, visit http://dtr.ky.gov/ or call 502-564-5360.

For more information about layoff assistance through a KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Center in the Louisville area, visit http://www.kentuckianaworks.org or call 502-574-4780. KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville’s Workforce Investment Board, is the community’s coordinating body for workforce development activities in the Greater Louisville region.