Lexington, KY - The PNC Foundation has awarded the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) a $120,000 sum to act as scholarships over the next three years at seven of the system’s campuses.
Presented by PNC Bank’s regional president, John Gohmann, this grant will fund the PNC Skilled Workforce Investment Scholarship Program at KCTCS. “The best way to make a meaningful economic impact on our state is through public and private partnerships,” said Gohmann.
The program is meant to advance the efforts of BEAM, the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, by funding community and technical college training of more students for high wage, high demand workforce programs. The announcement of the scholarships was made at the end of the quarterly BEAM Board Meeting in Frankfort.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said, “We’ve heard from our manufacturers that they cannot hire the right people, with the right skills.” The new PNC program will help move people into these jobs.
KCTCS President Michael B. McCall described the PNC gift as, “designed to nurture and support manufacturers, beginning with Lexington and Louisville.” Healthcare, advanced manufacturing and transportation training will receive special emphasis for funding. “The PNC Skilled Workforce Investment Scholarship Program at KCTCS will encourage students to consider those high wage, high demand careers,” said McCall.