Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

`They've Taught Me To Be Human Again'

No chance. I mean, you just had to take one look at the guy. The tattoos, the words tumbling nervously through gaps in his teeth, the sheer damage he's soaked up. You didn't have to look up his record. It was like he had an invisible ball and chain. So, no, thank you very much for asking, but we don't need any help right now. He could be someone else's problem. No chance? Not even one? That was all Chris Courtney wanted: a single opportunity to break the cycle, a...

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Equine Workforce Development Launches Data Collection Project

The Equine Workforce Development Initiative, a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation Workforce Center, has launched a Thoroughbred industry workforce data collection effort for the state of Kentucky to better identify employer needs and fill staff shortages. The goal of the initiative is to understand the needs of employers andy use that information to better inform educational and community partners who can assist with filling gaps in the equine industry's workforce. In a 2019 study conducted by the Thoroughbred Farm...

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Horsemen Apprenticeships Created in Kentucky

A new horse care apprenticeship program is available and has been registered with the Kentucky and the United States Departments of Labor. As an 'Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program' coming on the heels of the recent suspension of H-2B visas in the United States, the aim is to help train a domestic workforce and produce well-rounded horsemen ready to excel in any facet of the horse industry. The apprenticeship is a collaboration between the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce/Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP)'s Equine Talent Pipeline Workforce Initiative, the Bluegrass Community and...

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