Louisville Magazine

MAR 2017

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86 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 Special Advertising Section Kentucky State University Training Programs Build Bridges to Opportunities For more than four years, Kentucky State University's Bridges to Opportunities Program (B2O) has educated and trained minorities and females in the West End and surrounding areas program to achieve careers in construction and related fields. Through Bridges to Opportunities, individuals gain the training necessary — at no cost to themselves — for careers in the construction field. Currently, free programs are available to develop and enhance skills for a labor-ready workforce in construction and to link qualified candidates with labor union partners and local construction companies. BLUEPRINT READING AND FLAGGER CERTIFICATION Classes are offered by Kentucky State University at the Louisville Kentucky Career Center. In just one week, a participant can achieve a three-hour credit course in basic blueprint reading and heavy highway safety flagging. Classes are held Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. PRE-APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING AND UNION APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS These programs develop and enhance skills to increase opportunities for employment with local union apprenticeships and construction companies. Soft skills classes are also provided to develop participants and network them to specific labor unions and companies for on-the-job-training or employment. ADDITIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES Participants may also choose paid-specific training programs such as Knight School of Welding or Sullivan Welding program. These programs provide individuals the opportunity to become part of the American Welding Society certified in MIG, STICK or TIG welding. Applicants may further their education by also choosing one of the programs emphasizing construction and technology, available at a variety of institutions: Jefferson Community & Technical College, Ivy Tech Institute, ITT Technical Institute, or Indiana Tech. These courses are specifically focused on safety engineering and quality control. The B2O program is proud to have served as a catalyst in training and connecting novice journeymen and women within the construction field, both historically in west Louisville and throughout the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. B2O has also trained and developed many welders within Metro Louisville and surrounding areas through collaborations with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky State University, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, local community and technical colleges, local unions, the Federal Highway Administration and Louisville Metro Government. To learn more about the B2O program, call (502) 595-1148 or (502) 595-1145. Dates of free upcoming programs: March 20-24, April 17-21, May 15-19 and June 19-23.

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