Workforce / Education
One of the reasons Elizabethtown has experienced such impressive growth over the past several years is our talented, motivated and well-trained workforce, not to mention dedicated workforce development professionals who will work with incoming organizations to help them find the right employees. We are blessed with a sizable, skilled, working age population – a workforce that combines the much desired mid-western and southern agricultural work ethic and, because of nearby Fort Knox, the military veteran’s sense of duty.
Additionally, thanks in part to low traffic and excellent highways, we attract workers from a regional labor market of more than one million.
Amidst the region’s growth and the corresponding demand for specialized training and education, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) officially broke ground on the BlueOval SK Training Center in Glendale. This innovative facility will offer a curriculum tailored to battery knowledge, roles, and skills crucial to the region’s industrial landscape. On site, BlueOval SK employees will receive proprietary training before ever stepping foot into the facility.
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) provides a wide range of certificate and degree programs as well as customized business and industry training. One such way is through the Workforce Solutions Mobile Training Unit – a bus with up to 16 workstations to provide on-site training when it’s most convenient for businesses.
With the acceptance of a $100,000 grant from the Metallica Scholars Initiative, funded by Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, ECTC will have the opportunity to further enhance their career and technical education programs. The grant, awarded to ECTC in the Summer of 2020, provides funding for a Learning Lab, as well as $50,000 in scholarships for eligible students. In 2021, another $65,000 will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board and the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail offer job skills training and facilitate funding for customized skills training including on-the-job training.
The Kentucky Federation of Manufacturing Education – Lincoln Trail Chapter, provides apprenticeship-style training in partnership with local manufacturers.