South Central Kentucky offers countless opportunities for workforce training. The economic development staff of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Kentucky Economic Development Partnership work closely with the local colleges and universities, the state and local industries to provide excellent training for our workforce.
Colleges & Universities
There are many top-quality post-secondary educational institutions in the South Central Kentucky region, including Western Kentucky University, which is the fastest growing university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Bowling Green Technical College, which is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, which is the largest post-secondary institution in the Commonwealth. Daymar College also has campuses in South Central Kentucky.
Bluegrass State Skills Corporation
The Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC) was established in 1984 by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as an independent, de jure corporation to stimulate economic development through customized business and industry specific skills training programs. The BSSC works with business and industry and Kentucky's educational institutions to establish programs of skills training. The BSSC is attached to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development for administrative purposes, in recognition of the relationship between economic development and skills training efforts.
The BSSC is comprised of two economic development tools, matching grants and recently authorized Skills Training Investment Tax Credit. The BSSC grant program is available to new, expanding and existing business and industry. Eligible training activities include pre-employment skills training and assessment; entry-level skills upgrade and occupational upgrade training; train-the-trainer travel; and capacity building. The Skills Training Investment Credit Act provides credits to existing businesses for skills upgrade training.
The Training Consortium of South Central Kentucky
The Training Consortium of South Central Kentucky, an innovative partnership between Western Kentucky University, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Bowling Green Technical College, and several partner companies, provides effective training for Warren County industries at a nominal cost and holds training locally with minimal interruption to the work schedule. Local industries maintain a minimal investment to gain access to valuable training for their employees.
Workshops and Training
To promote economic development success and workforce training, the Chamber’s economic development staff and the South Central Kentucky Economic Development Partnership regularly promote workshops and training sessions. From information regarding the state’s international attraction efforts to human resource training sessions, a variety of events are available on a yearly basis.