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Workforce Development Linked to Education

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The analysis of data for an initiative designed to improve education and workforce development in Kentucky is nearly 70 percent finished, so says a group of educators and business leaders who testified before state lawmakers in Frankfort on Monday about Kentucky Rising.

Several organizations, including the Kentucky Department of Education and Council on Postsecondary Education, are developing comparisons between the Commonwealth and other successful states and countries. They’re hoping the information will help Kentucky bolster its academic programs and improve the skills of its labor force.

State Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson is helping with the effort.

“You know, education and economic development are inextricably linked. I think most economic developers realize that, most community leaders realize that these days. As a matter of fact, more and more you hear talk of the education system being the talent pipeline.”

The educational leaders say the study will compare things like early childhood education, teacher preparation and career and technical training. They contend that’ll chart a path for Kentucky to upgrade its educational system and improve the quality of its workforce. 

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