Educating the Present and Future Workforce
South Central Kentucky maintains a strong talent pipeline because of the region's highly educated workforce and the educational opportunities that exist here.
Education shines as one of the premier assets that make the area world class for business and industry. Warren County's high school and post-secondary educational attainment rates are well above those of Kentucky and the 100-mile radius around Bowling Green, and the rates are on par with the U.S. population percentage.
High School Graduates (Workforce Ages 18 - 65)
Warren County: 84.7%
United States: 85%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher (Workforce Ages 18 - 65)
Warren County: 27.5%
United States: 27.9%
South Central Kentucky also offers a solid infrastructure for higher education that aims to output a talented labor force through its three local higher education institutions: Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC), Daymar College and Western Kentucky University (WKU). Additionally, Bowling Green is within 100 miles of more than 50 other universities, colleges and technical schools, including Austin Peay State University, Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University.
The Leader in Me
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, business and community leaders and both the Bowling Green Independent School District and the Warren County Public School District are collaborating to implement The Leader in Metm, which is based on Dr. Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. A process rather than a program, The Leader in Me is a fully integrated approach to teaching students lifelong skills such as proactivity, vision planning, teamwork, problem solving and analytical skills-all of which are highly desirable for business. With a comprehensive funding and implementation campaign, the Chamber, business and community leaders and the school districts plan to become the first community in the nation in which all schools practice The Leader in Me in Grades K-12 within three years.
To connect education and business, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce ensures a continued development of the new labor force through its Work Ethic Seal Program, which distinguishes students who have achieved the highest standards of soft skills including punctuality, strong communication skills, and leadership. This program represents a strong partnership between the Chamber, the schools and Junior Achievement of South Central KY.