By the year 2020, it’s projected that 62 percent of the jobs in Kentucky will require at least some postsecondary education or training.
Pathways for Tomorrow’s Workforce: A KET Forum, airing Monday, Oct. 8 at 7:00pmCT on KET and Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9:00pmCT on KET2, explores how Kentucky’s K-12 public education system is helping students successfully prepare for their transition to postsecondary college or career.
Hosted by KET's Renee Shaw, the one-hour, town-hall forum features a panel of education and workforce leaderswho discuss the state’s efforts to prepare students for careers and life beyond school.
As part of the program’s exploration of best practices for preparing students for life after high school, the panel also included Russell County Schools Superintendent Michael Ford. Viewers will see the school’s thriving pre-apprenticeship program in action where Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems has partnered with Russell County High School and the Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center to offer hands-on learning experiences for students.
In addition to Ford, panelists include:
- Beth Davisson, executive director of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Center
- Wayne Lewis, Kentucky’s interim commissioner of education
- Derrick Ramsey, Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development
The program also explores career pathways and work-based learning opportunities throughout the Commonwealth. University of Louisville College of Dentistry student McKayla Hamlin and Daikerra Sweat, a student at Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School, share how the opportunity to explore career pathways has set them up for success.
Pathways for Tomorrow’s Workforce: A KET Forum is a KET production, produced by Tom Bickel. A portion of the program was funded by a grant from American Graduate, an initiative of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.