Kentucky colleges note record numbers of degrees and credentials

Last year, nearly 77,000 degrees and credentials were awarded, up almost 5% from the previous and up 39% from a decade ago. These numbers help keep the commonwealth on track to meet its goal of 60% of the working population with a postsecondary credential by 2030.

Toyota to hire 400 workers at Georgetown plant

Toyota says it is adding 400 employees at a Kentucky plant with starting pay of more than $18 an hour. The Georgetown plant is the company’s largest and already employs more than 8,000.

P3 Concept Envisions 900-acre destination resort in Red River Gorge

A destination resort may be on its way to roughly 900 acres of Eastern Kentucky’s most popular attractions.Red River Economic Development, a nonprofit group in the charitable arm of the state’s chamber of commerce, the Kentucky Chamber Foundation, is seeking to create a master plan for a resort in the Red River Gorge region.

Better Building: Tech Innovations Move into Construction Sites

You might see a few drones buzzing around construction sites in the future. The construction industry is harnessing new technologies to make building faster, safer, and more efficient. Messer Construction Co.’s innovations team predicts these new tools will enhance construction productivity.

KCTCS to expand nursing programs

Demand for registered nurses in Kentucky far exceeds supply. In 2018, KCTCS awarded 840 nursing credentials — that filled 31% of the state’s total need. Increased funding all allow all 16 KCTCS colleges to hire more nursing faculty and provide year-round course offerings.

Keep spooky season scary for people, not pets.

PetFirst Pet Insurance hopes to reduce stress on pets. “Whether it’s getting into chocolate, darting out an opened door or dealing with the noisy nature of the holiday, Halloween can be more freighting than fun,” says PetFirst CEO Katie Blakeley.

$6+ Million in Grant Funding Announced for New Knox County Workforce Training Center

A new Work Ready Training Center is coming to Barbourville. The new center will offer trade, certificate and post-secondary education opportunities to the region for high-demand career sectors like healthcare, technology, advanced manufacturing and logistics.

Over $5M in improvements for Carter Caves and Greenbo Lake state parks

$5 million+ in improvements are planned for Carter Caves and Greenbo Lake state resort park as part of the part of the “Restoring the Finest” initiative.

Manufacturing Month highlights billions in Kentucky-made goods

Kentucky exports have seen 15% growth since 2015, up to nearly $32 billion in 2018. Those goods were sent to nearly 200 nations globally.

UPS Grows Again: 1,000 new jobs with $750 million in expansion

Leaders announced $750 million in upcoming projects, as well as 1,000 jobs. The largest of the projects is a $220 million maintenance facility.