Release Date: May 20, 2005
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: (502) 573-1555, ext. 308
NOTE TO MEDIA: Training continues through mid-July at public health departments in Kentucky. For more information about scheduled trainings in your area, please see the attached training schedule.
Frankfort, KY (May 20, 2005) - Over 700 health department personnel in western and central Kentucky have completed basic computer training through Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education. Upon completion of this initiative in mid-July, approximately 1,000 health department employees will be trained.
The customized training is held on-site at local public health departments across the state using KYAE’s Skillmobiles. Skillmobiles are state-of-the-art, mobile classrooms that can accommodate 10 students at a time at desktop computer stations featuring wireless Internet service, flat panel displays, printers, online curriculum and library resources, and 24/7 technical support.
Dr. Cheryl D. King, the Council’s vice-president for adult education, said the health department project is the first time KYAE Skillmobiles have been employed to deliver instruction for a statewide organization.
"We hope that other Kentucky employers will follow suit as Kentucky Adult Education continues to improve the educational status of Kentuckians," said King. "This is one of the many services we are proud to offer to develop Kentucky’s workforce."
Local adult education providers conduct training sessions at no cost to Kentucky employers. To ensure that this program benefits both employers and employees, the only cost associated with this program is KYAE’s requirement that employers pay employees for their time spent in training.
Dr. William D. Hacker, Kentucky Commissioner Department for Public Health said, "This project allows us to use technology to take training into communities, and in so doing, to allow opportunities for professional development while lessening the time employees spend away from work and their families."
The goal of the training is to give health department employees a minimal baseline of computer skills for more advanced training in the future. To customize the health department classes, KYAE staff conducted site visits and job analyses at two health departments to develop a curriculum specifically to meet their needs. All categories of employees are involved in this ongoing initiative including nursing aides, maintenance personnel and administrative staff.
Kentucky public and private employers who have workforce training needs in basic academic and computer skills may take advantage of KYAE’s customized on-site training. Two Skillmobiles are available for this purpose and classes can be customized to the individual workplace to meet business needs.
For information about accessing customized training for your business, contact Jim Thompson, KYAE, at (502) 573-5114, ext. 112. Information is also available from regional KYAE workforce associates. To find your region’s workforce associate, go to the Kentucky Adult Education website and click on "Workforce." Photos and more information about KYAE Skillmobiles can be found at the Skillmobile website.
Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses nine public institutions, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 231,612 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.