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3 million participants receive workforce training through KCTCS

By The Lane Report

Jan 22, 2018

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The Workforce Solutions team at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has reached a milestone. They have provided services for more than three million program participants since the program began in 2000.

The 16 colleges of KCTCS offer customized training and support services for business and industry statewide. One example is WACKER Chemical Corporation in Calvert City, which requested employee training in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt through West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC).

This training resulted in a company savings of approximately $2.5 million over the past 18 months. Because of the success of the project, more engineers were hired to focus on additional projects, and all students who took the national certification exams passed.

Another example is General Motors’ Corvette plant in Bowling Green, which partnered with Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) to develop customized training on various electromechanical engineering topics to improve skills and safety for maintenance repairs. SKYCTC helped the plant’s maintenance and engineering teams further enhance their skillset to find new ways to become more efficient at their jobs.

“The robotics training has significantly improved operator knowledge and saved money for the plant,” said Ryan Trammell, Central Engineering/Maintenance planner. “SKYCTC’s ability to improve our technical employees’ skills hands-on, theory and safety knowledge for the specialized jobs they are assigned has helps us do higher quality repairs and reduce downtime.”

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