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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

 

 

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

 

GRETCHEN BANDY AGM/Human Resources Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems

 

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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.

 Who’s Inspired Your Work Ethic the Most?  How? 

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.

 

JASON COLE
Regional Program Manager
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

 

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EILEEN COLEMAN
Human Resource Manager
Champion Pet Foods

 

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JOHN CONRAD
Training Manager
Country Oven Bakery

 

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RANDALL CURRY
Mayor
City of Horse Cave

 

First Job: 

Mowing yards 

 Best Career Advice Ever Received:

Winners never quit and quitters never win

 

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

 

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TJ SHOCKLEY-HUNT Workforce Development Manager Goodwill Industries
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ANNA LARSON Adult Education KY Skills U
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DR. JAMES McCASLIN Vice President of Outreach and Community Development Southcentral Ky. Community & Technical College
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RODNEY ROGERS President Stewart Richey Construction
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PATRICK ROSS Co-Owner Hensley & Ross, Attorneys at Law
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TREVA SHIRLEY Occupational Medicine Navigator TJ Regional Health
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JOEY TRAUGHBER Vice President Traughber Mechanical
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TERI WIETHORN Executive Vice President & Global Chief HR Officer Fruit of the Loom
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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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