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Why Workforce?

 

The South Central Workforce Development Board was established in 2015 to lead the development and implementation of an innovative, highly effective workforce development system in the ten counties of South Central Kentucky in partnership with business, economic development, education, and community organizations in the labor market area.
In doing so, the South Central Workforce Development Board is positioning itself to be a key partner in economic development in the thriving South Central Kentucky region by producing a supply of educated and skilled workers aligned with the needs of current employers, and aligned to the region’s economic development goals for attracting new employers.

 

Our Board members are all volunteers–people who want this region’s workforce to be its best. By looking at the sheer volume of names on this page, it becomes clear how fortunate we are to have so many passionate people working together, not only to improve the workforce, but to better our region itself.

 
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Our Team

Dr. Robert Boone CEO/President South Central Workforce Development Board

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Jon K. Sowards, LTC (US Army, Retired) Vice President of Operations & Special Programs South Central Workforce Development Board

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Leslie Witty Vice President of Outreach and Communications South Central Workforce Development Board

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DaRhonda Hawthorne Executive Assistant South Central Workforce Development Board

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South Central Kentucky Workforce Development Board

 

 

BACKGROUND ON MEMBERSHIP (excerpt from SOUTH CENTRAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD BYLAWS)

 

The WDB has been established by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (“Governor”) for the local area comprising of the Counties of Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren, Kentucky (“Area”) to fulfill the requirements of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-128) (WIOA).

 

The WDB shall be appointed by the Barren River Local Elected Officials (BRLEOs) in accordance with the WIOA.  Furthermore, the BRLEOs have determined pursuant to their Interlocal Agreement dated December 2015, as amended:

 

The membership of the Workforce Development Board (WDB) shall be in accordance with the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board’s Policy Number 15-001, after consideration of fair and equitable representation, and shall be comprised of 23 members, representing sectors as listed:  

  • 12 Business Representatives
  • 5 Workforce Representatives
  • 3 Education and Training Representatives
  • 3 Government and Economic Development Representatives

 

Members shall be appointed for three year terms, with initial terms staggered so as to have nearly as many equal number of terms expiring each year following.  

South Central Workforce Development Board Members

RON SOWELL Board Chair Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Commonwealth Health Corporation

 

ROBIN AMONETT Human Resources Manager Stewart Richey

 

 Details coming soon

 

GRETCHEN BANDY AGM/Human Resources Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems

 

 Details coming soon

 

BOB BILTZ VP/General Manager Kentucky Chrome Works

 

Most Unique Job:  

Director of Manufacturing Operations at Power Wheels Division of Kransco Manufacturing (now part of Mattel Corporation) where we manufactured battery operated children’s riding vehicles. My kids were the envy of the county. My daughter Rachel (now 40, then 8) was featured on our packaging. Good times!!

CHRIS BOGGS
General Affairs & HR Manager
Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC

 

First Job:  

Entrepreneur/Soft Drink Sales to Neighborhood Construction Workers (5th grade)

 Best Career Advice Ever Received:

Hire for character, train for skill.

JACK BOWERS
President
UAW Local 2164

 

 Details coming soon

 

CRAIG BROWNING
US Bank Regional President

 

 Details coming soon

 

KASSIE CELSOR
Human Resources
CPC Commodities

 

Best Career Advice Ever Received: 

Learn something new every day.

 Work Ethic Inspiration:

There were many valuable lessons learned on my family’s farm and I witnessed many great examples of overcoming physical and mental challenges. Ultimately, my grandparents set the tone and showed me there is no substitution for hard work.

 

EILEEN COLEMAN
Human Resource Manager
Champion Pet Foods

 

 Details Coming Soon   

 

JOHN CONRAD
Training Manager
Country Oven Bakery

 

 Details coming soon 

 

RANDALL CURRY
Mayor
City of Horse Cave

 

First Job: 

Mowing yards 

 Best Career Advice Ever Received:

Winners never quit and quitters never win

 

JENNIFER DOTSON Director, Talent Acquisition/HR Business Partner Fruit of the Loom
National Federation of Federal Employees
AFL-CIO
USDA/Forest Service

 

 Details coming soon

 

 

BEVERLY TOBIN-FORD
National Federation of Federal Employees
AFL-CIO
USDA/Forest Service

 

 Details coming soon

 

 

STAN HILL Regional Program Manager Department for Workforce Investment
 Details coming soon

 

 

T.J. SHOCKLEY-HUNT Regional Manager of Career Services Goodwill Industries of Kentucky

 

Most Unique Job: 

I was a school bus driver for a bit. 

 One Job-Related Memory You’ll Never Forget:

Receiving the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission’s Women of Achievement award for Women Reaching Higher for my work in non-profit/human service management.

 

ANNA LARSON Adult Education KY Skills U
 Details coming soon

 

 

BENNY LILE Superintendent Metcalfe County Schools

 

Best Career Advice Ever Received: 

Show up early, stay late, and treat all people with respect. 

 One Job-Related Memory You’ll Never Forget:

The opening day of the Old School Cafe (a student run eatery) in the Metcalfe County School District. It was the successful culmination of two years of planning and dreaming of an opportunity for our students and community.

 

DR. JAMES McCASLIN Vice President of Outreach and Community Development Southcentral Ky. Community & Technical College
 

 

 

First Job: 

Associate at an IZOD outlet

 Best Career Advice Ever Received:

Life is 5% what happens to you and 95% how you react to it.

ROXANNA ROBINSON Regional Program Manager Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Program
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PATRICK ROSS Co-Owner Hensley & Ross, Attorneys at Law
 Details coming soon

 

 

TREVA SHIRLEY Occupational Medicine Navigator TJ Regional Health
 

 

Best Career Advice Ever Received: 

Learn something new every day.

 Work Ethic Inspiration:

My mother’s father was a farmer and he gave me my first taste of hard work and that great feeling of satisfaction you get after a job well done. My visits to the farm were some of my best childhood memories filled with life lessons that I’ll never forget.

 

JOEY TRAUGHBER Vice President Traughber Mechanical
 Details coming soon

 

 

The South Central Workforce Development Board is positioning itself to be a key partner in economic development in the thriving South Central Kentucky region by producing a supply of educated and skilled workers aligned with the needs of current employers and aligned to the region’s economic development goals for attracting new employers. To be effective in that role the Board will need to:

 

  • Understand the dynamics of the regional labor market
  • Investigate and implement best practices in addressing needs
  • Recruit regional employers as partners in education and training, not just end users of products of educational and workforce development programs
  • Inspire the public to continually acquire new skills at all age levels
  • Motivate discouraged workers to return to the workforce and to training and education pathways
  • Provide leadership and stewardship for funds and programs of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other funds that the Board acquires to meet its strategic goals

partners

Allen Co. Public Library (partner affiliate)

Allen Co. Skills U Allen Co. Technical Center

Audubon Area Community Services, Inc.

Barren Co. Skills U

Bowling Park

Butler Co. Skills U (partner affiliate)

Career TEAM

Goodwill Industries of Ky.

Hart Co. Skills U (partner affiliate)

Job Corps

Kentucky Career Center–Bowling Green

Kentucky Career Center—Glasgow

Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment

Kentucky Adult Education Skills U

Logan Co. Good Samaritan (partner affiliate)

Logan Co. Public Library (partner affiliate)

Logan Co. Skills U (partner affiliate)

Logan Co. Career and Technical Center

Office of Employment and Training

Office Of Vocational Rehabilitation

Simpson Co. Literacy Center

Simpson Co. Schools

Simpson Co. Skills U

Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College

Warren Co. Skills U

Western Kentucky University

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